Ketchikan’s state courthouse stands at 415 Main Street on Dec. 8, 2020. (Eric Stone/KRBD)

The Alaska Judicial Council last week announced two nominees to fill an opening for Ketchikan District Court judge — current Ketchikan District Attorney Kristian Pickrell and Magistrate Judge Amanda Schulz.

The Judicial Council is made up of three attorneys, three-non attorneys and the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. It’s tasked with evaluating applicants to fill judicial vacancies and making a recommendation to the governor. 

Now that the council has made its recommendations for the Ketchikan seat, Gov. Mike Dunleavy has 45 days to select either Pickrell or Schulz to fill the open slot.

Both nominees are currently working in Ketchikan. Pickrell has lived in Alaska for 24 and a half years. He’s been practicing law for 17. Schulz has lived in Alaska for 21 years and has been practicing for 20.

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