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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 now accepting nominations to fill the following upcoming judicial vacancies:

1. Circuit Court, Criminal Division, Place 2 – currently held by Judge Laura Petro, whose term expires on January 20, 2023

2. Circuit Court, Criminal Division, Place 3 – currently held by Judge William J. Cole, whose term expires on January 20, 2021  

The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 PM on November 30, 2018

The public notice is available here

Application forms may be accessed here

The required waiver form may be obtained here

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.

Current Commission members
LaVeeda Battle,
Esq; Bruce F. Rogers, Esq.; Cynthia Bonner;  Kevin Walsh; and the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Clyde Jones, Chairman

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 e-mail



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