Local attorneys have until Valentine's Day to apply for a judge's seat that will become vacant later this year.
The state's judicial nominating commission has announced they are accepting applications for the Circuit Court vacancy in the 17th Judicial District which will be created by the retirement of Judge Robert Crigler on May 31.
Interested applicants must be an attorney who is at least 30 years of age, a resident of the state for five years, a resident of their circuit or district for one year, and must reside in the 17th Judicial District, made up of Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore Counties..
Applicants must complete the designated application, available at www.tncourts.gov, and submit it to the Administrative Office of the Courts by Thursday, Feb. 14 at 12 p.m..
The commission will set a date to interview all qualified applicants, and that meeting will also include a public hearing where members of the public may express their opinions about the applicants. The interview, public hearing and deliberation process will be open to the public.
Crigler, who has been a circuit judge since 2005 and served as a prosecutor for 16 years in the 17th district before that, announced his retirement last week, saying he had been "doing it long enough."