Nevada County Superior Court Judge Julie McManus was served Friday afternoon with a notice of intent to circulate a recall petition.
The proposed recall of McManus stems from her continued absence from the bench even though she has filed for disability retirement from the state; she has been on medical leave since March 3.
McManus has been absent on medical leave since March 3; her seat is now being filled by the state's assigned judge program, which is staffed by retired judges. The state's cost to fill a judge's seat is $715.15 per day.
She was also on medical leave for at least three weeks in 2009, after being hospitalized for injuries she sustained in a 15-foot fall from the deck of her home.
McManus was appointed to the bench in December 2005 and ran unopposed for election in June 2008; her term expires in 2014.
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