Under existing law, a person seeking election or appointment to a circuit court judgeship in the state must have been licensed by the Alabama State Bar Association for a total of five years and a person seeking election or appointment to a district court judgeship must have been licensed by the Alabama State Bar Association for a total of three years
This bill would require a candidate to be admitted to practice law by this state or by another state for a circuit court judgeship for a total of 10 years and to be admitted to practice law by this state or by another state for a district court judgeship for a total of five years
This bill would also prohibit a person who has been suspended or disbarred by any state or state bar association within the 10 years preceding election or appointment from qualification for a circuit court or district court judgeship
To amend Sections 12-11-1 and 12-12-1, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the qualifications for serving as a circuit court judge or a district court judge; to further provide for the minimum times of state licensure to practice law; and to prohibit persons with certain professional disciplinary actions from qualification.
|May 14, 2019||S||Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Judiciary|
|Hearing||May 22, 2019||Committee Room 325 at 08:30||Senate JUDY Hearing|
|Bill Text||SB 408 - Introduced|