Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed a workers compensation attorney to a judgeship in Mobile County.
Jay York will replace retiring District Judge Michael McMaken. The Mobile Press-Register (http://bit.ly/PAil07 ) reports that McMaken's last official day is Sunday.
York was among three lawyers recommended by the Mobile County Judicial Commission. By law, Bentley had to select one of the candidates endorsed by the commission.
Bentley said that York brings experience and "sound judgment" to the court.
District judges hear nonjury civil and criminal matters, traffic cases and handle pretrial issues in felony criminal cases.
Information from: Press-Register, http://www.al.com/press-register/
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