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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.

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About the Commission

The Jefferson County Judicial Commission was created by the Alabama Legislature more than sixty (60) years ago to assist the Governor in making appointments to fill judicial vacancies occurring in the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County, Alabama. The Commission solicits applications from interested candidates and nominates to the Governor of Alabama three (3) names of persons having appropriate qualifications for a Circuit or District judgeship. Statutory composition of the Commission includes one (1) judge who serves as Chairman and who is elected to said position by the judges of the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County, two (2) persons who are members of the Alabama State Bar and who are elected by its members, and two (2) persons who are not members of the Alabama State Bar, who are selected by the Alabama Senate and House Delegation on a rotating basis. All members of the Commission must reside in the territorial jurisdiction of the circuit court holding in Birmingham.     

The Commission members are
Honorable Circuit Court Judge Clyde Jones, Chairman; Augusta S. Dowd, Esq.; Michael D. Ermert, Esq.; Mr. Bobby Humphrey; and Mr. John J. McMahon, III

Public Comment
The Judicial Commission actively encourages and solicits comments from the public at large concerning any candidate for judicial office and his or her respective qualifications for judicial office. The names of the 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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Birmingham Bar Association
2021 2nd Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Phone: 205-251-8006