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Jefferson County Judicial Commission

NOTE:  The Birmingham Bar Association has created this page to assist the Jefferson County Judicial Commission in its work to identify appropriate candidates for judicial vacancies.  This page is provided for the public and can be shared with anyone. The Birmingham Bar Association does not have a role in the Judicial Commission's process, but we are pleased to be able to provide the following information to facilitate public awareness.

The Jefferson County Judicial Commission is accepting applications to fill the following upcoming judicial vacancies:

District Court, Civil Division, Place 1

District Court, Criminal Division, Place 2

The Public Notice with specific instructions is available here

The application form is available here

The required waiver form is available here

Applications must be submitted between January 28, 2019 and February 8, 2019 to Any correspondence with the Commission must be sent to

About the Commission
The Jefferson County Judicial Commission was created by the Alabama Legislature more than 60 years ago to assist the Governor in making appointments to fill vacancies in the Jefferson County Circuit Court.  The Commission solicits applications from interested candidates, and nominates to the Governor of Alabama three (3) persons having appropriate qualifications for a Circuit or District Court judgeship.  Statutory composition of the Commission includes two persons who are members of the Alabama State Bar, two persons who are not members of the Alabama State Bar, and one judge of the Jefferson County Circuit Court.

As of January 26, 2019, the Commission members are
Honorable Circuit Court Judge Clyde Jones, Chairman; Ms. Cynthia Bonner; Michael D. Ermert, Esq.; Augusta S. Dowd, Esq.; Dr. Kevin Walsh

Public Comment
The Judicial Commission actively encourages and solicits comment from the public at large concerning any candidate for judicial office and his or her respective qualifications for judicial office.  The names of submitting applicants are made available to the public as deemed appropriate by the Judicial Commission.  To contact the Commission directly, please email



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