Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed attorney Michael Glen Moses as a Billings district judge.
Moses will take the place of Susan Watters, who resigned in December to become a federal judge.
Moses, who is 61, has been in private practice in Billings since 1978 and specializes in criminal law.
He is a principle in the two-member firm Moses and Lansing P.C. and received a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Ore.
Bullock's office announced the selection Friday. Moses will serve in the 13th Judicial District until an election is held in 2016.
The governor picked Moses from a field of five Billings attorneys nominated by the state's Judicial Nomination Commission.
The other candidates were Dennis Eakin, Lynn Grant, William Speare and Jeffrey Turner.