State Court Judge

7/21/2012

While it may not be the most hotly contested race in Glynn County this year, the election for the Glynn County State Court Judgeship has been the most active.

Five lawyers qualified to take the place of Judge Orion Douglass, who announced he would not seek a sixth term.

Judicial candidates Grant Buckley, Bart Altman, Alan Tucker, Vince Sowerby and Wallace Harrell III will face off in the July 31 nonpartisan special election to determine who will take the seat in January.

All candidates have said they plan to address the court's civil and criminal backlogs if elected, but they all have different ideas for how.

The court is destined to become busy than it has been in the past, because a criminal justice overhaul, which went into effect July 1, has increased the court's jurisdiction over some criminal and civil cases which were once in the domain of superior court.

Candidates have called for more days of court, longer hours and starting a dispute mediation program.

In any case, Judge Douglass has said he would volunteer to sit as a senior judge.