Updated at 4:11 p.m.
District of Columbia Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield has expressed interest in applying for a second, four-year term as the court's chief judge, according to an announcement today from the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission.
Satterfield's term will expire Sept. 30. All other active judges on the court are also eligible to apply and, assuming Satterfield submits his information to the commission, challenge him for the job.
The commission selected Satterfield in 2008 to replace former Chief Judge Rufus King III, who was retiring at the time and now holds senior status. Satterfield first applied to be chief judge in 2000, when King was selected for the first of his two terms.
Satterfield, through a court spokeswoman, declined to comment.
In a 2008 interview, Satterfield said his top goals were to reform the landlord and tenant calendar, make the court more accessible for self-represented litigants and improve security. Satterfield’s challenger for the top spot that year was Judge Anita Josey-Herring, who also could not immediately be reached this afternoon.
According to the commission’s notice today, Satterfield has been asked to submit a statement of interest about his achievements over the past four years and plans for next four, if he’s redesignated.
Any other judges planning to apply have until May 25 to submit their materials to the commission. Any individual, organization or bar association can also nominate an active judge for consideration, assuming they have the judge’s permission.
The commission is planning to hold a public forum for all of the candidates on July 10.