Following an executive order by Gov. Nathan Deal, the Judicial Nominating Commission is taking additional applications for a vacancy on the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Deal announced the appointment Aug. 22 of Georgia Solicitor General Sarah Hawkins Warren, who will fill the vacancy left when Judge Britt Grant was confirmed to serve on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
The application process for the spot vacated by retiring Chief Justice Harris Hines has now been extended to Aug. 31. Completed applications must be sent by that date to the nominating commission.
Applicants will be interviewed on Sept. 11 at the state bar in Atlanta.
The commission will then create a short list of up to five persons deemed “qualified,” which will be in addition to the list the governor already received.
The nominating commission submitted its short list Wednesday, Aug. 1, to Gov. Nathan Deal’s office, which included six judges from the Stone Mountain, Tifton, Cobb and Atlanta judicial circuits.
State Rep. Andy Welch, R-McDonough, Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, and Warren were also on the recommended candidate list.
Warren previously served as deputy solicitor general and special counsel for water litigation.