Governor Bob Riley appointed District Judge Dennis O’Dell (R) to the Circuit Court judgeship vacated by retiring Judge Buddy Little (D).
From The Huntsville Times:
“There’s a lot of work to do, and I want to get to work as soon as possible,” O’Dell said.
The Circuit Court caseload is around 100,000 cases a year, O’Dell said, roughly twice that of the District Court.
The District Court caseload is about 50,000 cases a year, O’Dell said “and there are four judges. So, it comes out to be about 12,000 cases per year. It’s a massive caseload.”
Governor Riley now has a District Court judgeship to appoint. I’m not on the Madison County Judicial Commission, but I think that they might recommend Assistant District Attorney Bill Starnes (as one of their three recommended candidates). Note to Governor Riley – if Starnes is on the list – I recommend that you appoint him.