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District Court Judge, Jefferson Co. (10th Judicial Circuit), Place No. 7

This race is to elect the district court judge sitting in Place No. 7 of the 10th Judicial Circuit and has jurisdiction in Jefferson County. Currently, the district judge holding Place. No. 7 presides over criminal trials in Jefferson County, excluding the Bessemer Cutoff area.The Alabama District Courts are trial courts of limited jurisdiction that handle the cases where the dollar amount in question is more than $3,000 (small claims) but less than $10,000 (circuit court). District courts also have jurisdiction over criminal misdemeanors and may conduct preliminary hearings in felony prosecutions.More information about Alabama district judges...The annual salary for a district judge in Alabama in 2017 ranged between $117,000 and $150,000. The term of office for Alabama district judges is six years. Judicial districts in Alabama are by county. Only voters residing in the county (in this case, Jefferson Co.) may vote in the election. See this legal description in the Alabama Code for more information about District Courts in Alabama: http://jefferson.alacourt.gov/district-court/

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  • Ruby Yvette Davis
    (Dem)

  • Bentley Patrick
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

How do your training and legal experience qualify you to serve as a district court judge to preside over civil trials in Jefferson County? For example, For how many years have you practiced law in Alabama or elsewhere? What is your courtroom experience?

What do you consider to be the three most important attributes of a judge?

What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges facing the court system in Jefferson County, and how should they be addressed?

In a case before the court, how should a judge handle a conflict between his/her personal beliefs and the law?

The office of district judge in the Alabama 10th Judicial Circuit is an elected office. How would you balance the realities of being an elected official with the standard of judicial impartiality called for by the Canons of Judicial Ethics, and what do you see as the effect of party affiliation on this balance?

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