House bill requires attorney experience for judges

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House has passed a bill that would require appellate court judges in Alabama to have at least 10 years experience as attorneys.

The proposed legislation by Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood would require that circuit court judges have at least five years experience and that district judges have worked three years as an attorney.

The bill passed the House 99-0 Tuesday and now goes to the Senate for debate.

The bill would require that candidates for judicial positions in the 2010 elections have the required experience.

Current judges would be exempt from the requirements.

The legislation is supported by the Alabama State Bar Association.

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