While Judge John Childress’ last day as an associate judge in Illinois’ 7th Judicial Circuit Court is rapidly approaching, eight attorneys are vying to fill his seat.
Circuit judges in the 7th Judicial Circuit, which includes Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Morgan,
Sangamon and Scott counties, are responsible for appointing associate
judges to four-year terms. The position pays an annual salary of
The district’s 12 circuit judges are scheduled to meet Wednesday to review the candidates.
looking for a candidate who’s qualified to practice in areas of law
that he or she would hear on the bench,” Chief Circuit Judge Leslie
Graves told the State Journal-Register. “Somebody who has the
temperament to listen to people, give them full consideration and make
decisions consistent with the law.”
But because the
Administrative Office of Illinois Courts has to certify the circuit
judges’ ballots, Graves told the newspaper she does not anticipate
Childress’ replacement will be announced Wednesday.
to a poll from the Illinois State Bar Association, which surveyed
practicing lawyers in the court as a method of advising the circuit
judges’ decision, Sangamon County’s first assistant state’s attorney,
Matt Maurer, is the favorite among the eight candidates.
who was rendered a quadriplegic at the age of 13 after of a diving accident,
was reviewed on 145 of the 253 surveys submitted to the circuit judges.
He scored in the 90th percentile on six of the poll’s eight
questions, with his lowest score of 83.69 percent being in response to whether
he had “the physical, mental and emotional health, stamina and stability
needed to perform judicial duties.” He scored 97.2 percent for
Childress has held his post of associate judge
for six years and will serve his last day on August 9. He plans to
resume work as an assistant U.S. attorney on August 12.
the opportunity to represent the people of the United States in a
great, great environment” with “great people,” Childress said to the State Journal-Register, regarding his work as an attorney in both roles. “It’s a genuine pleasure in all respects to do that work.”