His appointment was finite and at some point he knew it would not be renewed. He had some leave to take and it was over in early July or so IIRC.
It was over for all practical purposes on May 30, 2005.
If he was told he was not going to be a Judge, his appointment would have then ceased -
After having applied for a judgeship, those outsiders need to have an interview with the National Committee for the Selection of Judges consisting of legal and non-legal professionals. The Committee, in most cases, advises the candidates to take part in training as substitute judges for about a year. If the candidate is deemed incompetent during that training period, the appointment procedure will then cease
, and if deemed eligible, the court may recommend his or her appointment to the government.http://www.nichibenren.or.jp/en/activit ... 202_2.html
Paulus claimed he was still appointed and still at the court:
Reporter (Twan Huys): Which function do you have here at the island? Because many stories go around about that. What is your function?
Paul van der Sloot: I am a replacing member of the joint court of justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba  and I am appointed for a period of three years, from January the first, 2003, until January the first, 2006.
Reporter (Twan Huys): So, you are replacement judge?
Paul van der Sloot: Yes.
Paul van der Sloot: That is completely incorrect. The moment it became clear that Joran was going to be involved in this case in one way or another, I asked for leave and I have not been at the court anymore. That is, to make very clear, most of all, I am now a father and not a judge.
Reporter (Twan Huys): Because you realized that else these stories would be brought into the world?
Paul van der Sloot: In this situation you have to avoid every appearance [of impropriety].
His appointment as intending Judge ended on May 30, 2005 for all practical purposes. Why keep denying what he we was and that he had connections ? It's obvious - he said it himself....painting Paulus as an idiot simpleton wasn't believable years ago and it isn't now. IMO