The Incumbent

Thomas Branford

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Governor Kate Brown announced today that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Lincoln County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Thomas Branford.

The Governor thanked Judge Branford for his dedicated judicial service, and announced that she will fill the position by appointment. Judge Branford’s retirement takes effect February 28, 2021.

Interested applicants should mail (no hand delivery) their completed application forms to: Dustin Buehler, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE #254, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021. Forms emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received.

Governor Kate Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon, and a member of the Oregon State Bar. SB 977, recently passed by the Legislature, creates a new requirement. It amends ORS 3.041 and requires that these vacancies must be filled by persons who are residents of or have principal offices in the judicial districts to which they are appointed or adjacent judicial districts.

To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or

The judicial interest form is also available online.


(2) comments


Thank you, Judge Branford, for your excellent service to the citizens of Lincoln County. I was privileged to serve on a jury in your court room. Enjoy your retirement. You sure deserve it!


Time to break up Branford's little Courthouse mafia and nepotism ring in Newport. He engineered the defeat of Kate Brown's appointed district attorney, Jonathan Cable, and tried to engineer the defeat of Brown appointee Marcia Buckley, but failed. Now his lackey Lanee Danforth is trying to pull BS in the way plea deals are run in the face of two Supreme Court decisions that raise severe doubts about her tactic.

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