MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Time is running out for Governor Kay Ivey to decide who will become Madison County’s new circuit judge.
The judgeship was reassigned to the Jefferson County area in June after the state’s Judicial Resources Allocation Commission found that Madison County needed another judge.
Nine people applied for the new position of circuit judge. They each appeared before the Madison County Judicial Screening Committee. In the end, three candidates were selected.
Some current circuit judges say it’s a competitive group for the governor to choose from.
Current Madison County District Judge Patrick Tuten is one of the finalists.
Judge Tuten was appointed by Governor Ivey in 2019. He graduated from Jones School of Law in 1995. He practiced law for 23 years before being appointed to his seat as a district judge. As a general practitioner, Tuten handled a variety of cases, but primarily focused on criminal cases at the state and federal levels.
Huntsville attorney Ron Smith was also chosen from the initial nine nominees.
Smith graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2000. He spent a few years as an assistant Madison County prosecutor after graduation. During his career, Smith has handled a number of different types of cases, including family law cases, juvenile criminal cases and adult criminal cases.
Meteasa Collins-Henderson also found favor with the commission.
She graduated in 1992 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Collins-Henderson has been a family law attorney with North Central Alabama Legal Services since 1995. Her litigation experience has been entirely in civil matters.
The complete nominations of the three candidates have been sent to Governor Ivey. They are due to have in-person talks with the governor on July 13.
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