Former Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge R. A. “Sonny” Ferguson is featured in a recent article for Birmingham News/al.com which takes a look at the new “Private Judge” law. Read the full article here: Hiring a private judge for your case in Alabama.
Ferguson, who pushed for the new law, tried the first case in August. It too was a divorce case.
Under the new law, former retired judges can apply to be on a private judge list maintained by the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, Ferguson said. The judges must have at least six years of experience on the bench and in the area of law for which they are being hired, he said.