Members of the Georgia bar and the public are invited to submit names for consideration to be the fifth Superior Court judge for Hall and Dawson counties.
House Bill 138, which was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal May 1, created a fifth judge position in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit due to the growing caseload.
“Members of the bar may submit their own name or the names of others,” according to a notice posted by the Judicial Nominating Commission. “The public is also invited to submit nominations.”
According to the 2015 caseload report data, Hall County had 3,138 criminal cases and 2,800 civil cases. The criminal caseload is broken down into serious felonies, felonies, misdemeanors, death penalty cases and probation revocations.
Ways to submit Superior Court judge nominations
Letter: Judicial Nominating Commission, c/o Dana McGuire, 600 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 5200, Atlanta, GA 30308
For the entire Northeastern Judicial Circuit, the judges had 7,559 civil and criminal cases on the 2015 caseload.
State Rep. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, previously told The Times a judicial workload formula proved the circuit was qualified for a fifth judge.
Names should be submitted to the commission by Oct. 6.
Each person nominated will receive an application package to be returned on or before Oct. 23, and interviews will happen after Nov. 6.
“The commission will select and recommend to the governor from among those persons found to be ‘qualified’ or ‘well qualified’ a short list of up to five persons for this position,” according to the commission’s notice.