CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Legal Newsline) -- The Wyoming Judicial Nominating Commission announced Tuesday it has submitted the names of three nominees -- all private attorneys -- to the governor to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

The vacancy is that of Justice Barton Voigt, who announced his retirement from the bench in August. His retirement is effective Jan. 3.

The three nominees are: Patrick R. Day, an attorney with Holland & Hart in Cheyenne; Catherine M. Fox of Davis & Cannon; and Robert W. Tiedeken of Wolf Tiedeken & Woodward.

Gov. Matthew Mead now has 30 days to appoint one of the three to serve as the new justice.

To serve as a Supreme Court justice, one must have a law degree, been in actual practice and/or a judge for nine years, be at least 30 years old, a citizen of the United States and a resident of Wyoming for the past three years.

Serving on the nominating commission are Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kite; three lawyers elected by the Wyoming State Bar, Robert Shively, Bruce Salzburg and Jeremy Michaels; and three non-lawyers appointed by the governor, Shelly Larson of Lusk, Gina Monk of Gillette and Janine Thompson of Cheyenne.

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