Gov. Robert Bentley has filled the two vacancies on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. He appointed Shelby County Circuit Judge Michael Joiner to fill the vacant seat left when Jim Main was appointed to the Alabama Supreme Court. Judge Joiner was elected Circuit Judge in Shelby County in 1992 and has served as Presiding Circuit Judge since 2005. He created the drug court program in Shelby County in 2002 and served as co-chairman of a committee to implement drug courts across the state. Judge Joiner has lived in Shelby County all his life. He will be a very good addition to the Appeals Court.
Gov. Bentley also named Marshall County District Judge Liles Burke to serve on the Court of Criminal Appeals. Judge Burke fills the vacancy left on the court by now-Justice Kelli Wise. Judge Burke presided over criminal, civil, and juvenile cases brought in district, circuit and juvenile court. He has done an outstanding job as a district judge in Marshall County. Judge Burke from all accounts will also be a very good addition to the Court.
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