Coweta Circuit Superior Court Judge Jack Kirby’s retirement was effective Jan. 31, but the process to replace him still hasn’t begun.
While Kirby’s replacement will be appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp, most of the replacement process is handled by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Each governor appoints his own JNC, and Kemp’s commission was appointed Feb. 7.
Until a new judge is appointed, other circuit judges, as well as judges who have taken “senior status,” – including Kirby – are helping out.
Atlanta attorney Vincent Russo, administrative co-chair for the JNC, said Monday that he anticipates application dates for the vacancy will be announced soon.
The first step in filling a judicial vacancy is the submission of “expressions of interest” from Georgia attorneys who would like to be considered for the judgeship. Those interested will then fill out applications, and information about the applicants will be provided to the members of the JNC, according to the commission’s website.
The JNC will meet to interview candidates, and will then create a short-list of recommended candidates, which will be submitted to the governor. The governor may interview applicants, or resubmit the vacancy for further consideration before making an official appointment, according to the JNC website.
If there are more than 25 applicants for a vacancy, a subcommittee may be appointed to conduct a preliminary review of candidates.
You can read more about the Judicial Nominating Commission at jnc.georgia.gov