What's ahead for Chief Justice Moore?

What's ahead for Chief Justice Moore?

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The complaint against Chief Justice Roy Moore is now in the hands of the Court of the Judiciary, which will oversee his trial.

Friday, the Judicial Inquiry Commission filed a 293-page complaint against Moore.

The JIC serves as a grand jury of sorts for the Court of the Judiciary, vetting all grievances filed against judges. If the JIC finds cause, the commission files a formal complaint with the Court of the Judiciary, as it did in Moore's case.

The Court of the Judiciary has the power to remove judges from office. In fact, it's the same court that took Moore off the bench in 2003.

According to the rules of procedure for the Court of the Judiciary, the next action will come from Moore's legal counsel, who has 30 days to respond to the complaint.

Generally after the response is filed, the Court of the Judiciary will set a hearing date, which will be Moore's trial.

The hearing will run much like a case in state court. JIC attorneys will operate like a plaintiff and present the case to the Court of the Judiciary. Moore would act as a defendant and argue against the six charges in the complaint. Witnesses can be called for either side, and all are subject to cross examination.

The Court of the Judiciary is led by Chief Judge Michael Joiner of the Court of Criminal Appeals, who is selected by the Supreme Court.

Other members include two circuit judges appointed by the Association of Circuit Judges, James Woodruff Jr, and Laura Petro; one district judge appointed by The Association of District Judges, Jeffrey Brock; two attorneys selected by the Alabama State Bar members, John Denson II and Dagnal Rowe Sr.; three members who are not attorneys; two members appointed by the governor's office: Gwaltney McCollum Jr. and Lucinda Sanford Cannon; and one appointment by the lieutenant governor, Daryl Perkins. Those three members must be approved by the Senate.

To remove a judge, all members of the Court of the Judiciary must agree on the conviction. If a decision is not made within 10 days after the hearing, it will constitute an acquittal.

Moore also has the ability to appeal a decision to the Alabama Supreme Court.

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