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DENVER – Governor Bill Owens today announced the appointment of Charles M. Pratt of Centennial to the Eighteenth Judicial District Court, which includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. The appointment is effective July 1, filling a new judgeship created pursuant to House Bill 01-1075 and funded by the Colorado legislature this year.
"I am confident that Chuck Pratt will be a valuable addition to the Eighteenth Judicial District," Owens said. "His extensive experience with business law will serve the needs of this growing district, and those in his courtroom will benefit from his hard work, professional demeanor and common sense."
Currently acting as special counsel with Ruegsegger, Simons, Smith & Stern; Pratt has practiced with large and small firms in the Denver area for 20 years conducting civil litigation in a variety of areas. He has written several guides related to trying cases in federal court and lectures on insurance issues to various companies and associations. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Denver.
The initial term of office for a district court judge is a provisional term of two years, after which the incumbent must stand for retention to serve an additional six years. The annual salary for this position is $107,044.
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