Oklahoma Supreme Court vacancy draws seven applicants

A vacant Oklahoma Supreme Court seat has drawn seven applicants, six of them sitting judges on state courts.

The vacancy is in a nine-county district in northern Oklahoma and was created when John R. Reif retired from the court.

Gov. Kevin Stitt will ultimately choose the next justice — the first of his administration — from a list of three applicants provided to him from the Judicial Nominating Commission, whose work is done mostly out of public view.

Stitt’s choice will likely be the last justice selected from District 1 as it is currently drawn. The governor signed legislation that will remake the Oklahoma Supreme Court districts next year.

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