Judicial Application Information
When there is a trial or appellate court vacancy, the official notice will be posted on this site.
Appellate Court Vacancies
Where there is a vacancy to be filled on the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, or the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Governor's Council for Judicial Appointments reviews and recommends applicants for the governor’s consideration. The governor may then appoint one of the recommended applicants to fill the vacancy. Appellate court judges also must be confirmed by the Legislature.
To apply for a vacancy, interested candidates must complete the application questionnaire and waiver. The application and waiver can be downloaded below.
Trial Court Vacancies
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission recommends to the governor nominees for trial court vacancies. After the governor has notified the commission of a vacancy, the commission solicits applicants, conducts a public hearing and interviews, and selects three nominees for consideration by the governor.