PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed government lawyers James B. Morse Jr. and Jennifer M. Perkins to fill two vacancies on the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Morse is currently a section chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Arizona, while Perkins is an assistant solicitor general in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Both are Republicans, as is Ducey.

Their appointments announced Friday fill vacancies created on the Court of Appeals’ Phoenix division by the retirements of Judges Donn Kessler and Patricia K. Norris.

Morse and Perkins were among nine nominees recommended by a state nominating commission.

The Phoenix division hears cases from Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai and Yuma counties.

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