Nominating process closes today for superior court Judge to fill vacancy created by passing of Judge Johnson

Today, July 22, 2020, is the last day for nominations to be submitted to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the State of Georgia of names to fill the Superior Court judge vacancy on the Alcovy Judicial Circuit Court. The vacancy was created by the passing on July 1 of the the Honorable Horace J. Johnson.     

Gov. Brian Kemp called for the nominations by Executive Order on July 14 and is in the process of receiving names of persons to fill the vacancy on the Superior Court. Members of the Bar may submit their own name or the names of others. The public is also invited to submit nominations. Nominations should be submitted to the Commission by email at Nominations have to be received by the Commission no later than July 22, 2020. You are asked to include current email address for anyone you nominate.  

Applicants should download the application package from the Commission’s website at Applications must be received by the Commission on or before July 31, 2020. Applications may be submitted to the Commission by email at or by mail addressed to: Judicial Nominating Commission, c/o Vincent Russo, 500 14th Street, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30318.  Applicants selected for an interview will be notified of the date, time, and location of their interview.

The Commission will select and recommend to the Governor a short list from those applicants interviewed and found to be “qualified” or “well qualified” for this position.

Former Alcovy Circuit Court District Attorney Layla on was appointed by Kemp in May to replace retiring Superior Court Judge Samuel Osburn and has already been sworn in. Zon was chosen appointed after she and Loganville Municipal Judge and local attorney Lori Duff had made the final cut.

Covington attorney Robert Stansfield and Monroe attorney Jeff Foster are in a run off on Aug. 11 for the seat on the bench to be vacated by Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton. Johnson had just secured his reelection before passing away two days after testing positive for COVID-19.

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