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Lawmaker hopes next judge is active in community
by Tom Spigolon
August 26, 2014 03:12 PM | 2876 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Paulding state legislator would prefer the county’s next Superior Court judge to be both highly knowledgeable of the law and a “participating member of our community,” he said last week.

District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville, also said Gov. Nathan Deal will “seek the input” of local leaders as he decides on a successor to Superior Court Judge James Osborne.

“You’re talking about a Superior Court bench,” Gravley said. “That’s a very, very strong position.

“The types of cases that go before the Superior Court – that needs to be someone with a very strong knowledge of the law sitting in judgment over those cases.”

Osborne, a nine-year veteran judge, agreed to leave office Oct. 1 rather than potentially face a formal hearing following the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission’s recent inquiry of unspecified actions by him.

The state Judicial Nominating Commission has set a Sept. 5 deadline for nominations for Osborne’s soon-vacant judgeship.

The commission is to interview candidates in early October and recommend a short list of up to five people for the position to Deal, who will make the appointment.

Gravley is a member of the state House of Representatives’ Judiciary Non-Civil Committee which deals with Georgia’s criminal laws and procedure.

A superior court judge in Georgia presides over all criminal felony trials and has exclusive jurisdiction over divorces.

However, Gravley said he hoped the new judge would be someone who also has worked in voluntary civic positions in Paulding.

“A person seeking to represent a community needs to demonstrate a stakeholder mentality in that community,” he said.

The judge did not return a call for comment.

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