The public is asked for comments on 13 applicants for an opening created on the Arizona Supreme Court when Justice Michael Ryan retired on Aug. 6.

The applicants are James P. Beene, Robert M. Brutinel, Kent E. Cattani, John C. Gemmill, Andrew W. Gould, Diane M. Johnsen, Drue A. Morgan Birch, Kenneth E. Moyer, Regina L. Nassen, Maurice Portley, Ann A. Scott Timmer, Lisa G. Tewksbury Hauser and Lawrence F. Winthrop. Their applications for the position may be viewed online at

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review the applications and hear comments at a public meeting on Sept. 13. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. at the Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington, Conference Room 345. Citizens may address the commission at that time or send written comments to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007 or to Comments must be received by Sept. 6 to be considered. Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

At the Sept. 13 meeting the commission will decide which applicants will be interviewed for the opening. The selected applicants will be interviewed on Sept. 30. After the interviews the commission will recommend at least three nominees to Governor Jan Brewer, who will appoint the new justice.

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