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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 timeframe for the Jefferson County Judicial Commission to accept applications to fill the following judicial vacancies has closed:

District Court, Civil Division, Place 1

District Court, Criminal Division, Place 2

The Commission is now accepting public comments regarding the applicants. The Public Notice, including the names of the applicants, is available here.

Comments must be submitted by Friday, February 15, 2019.

Submit all comments 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.

The Commission members are
Honorable Circuit Court Judge Clyde Jones, Chairman; Ms. Cynthia Bonner; Michael D. Ermert, Esq.; Augusta S. Dowd, Esq.; and Mr. John James McMahon III

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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