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Sullivan Co. Prosecutor Appointed to Judicial Evaluation Commission

Press release from the Office of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; November 29, 2012:

(November 29, 2012, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today announced the appointment of Robert H. Montgomery, Jr. to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.

“The importance of a quality judiciary in a free republic cannot be overemphasized,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “Without high quality judges who interpret the law and do not legislate from the bench, the legislature cannot provide the conservative government Tennessee voters want. Rob was an outstanding assistant district attorney for Sullivan County and is an excellent jurist. I am grateful that he has agreed to bring his talents and skills to bear on this commission. I look forward to his contribution and his insight.”

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee College of Law, Montgomery spent nearly twenty years as a Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney. During that time, he was also the Sullivan County Highway Safety Prosecutor for eight years. In 2005, Montgomery received the President’s Award from the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference for service to his profession and community. He currently serves as Criminal Court Judge for the Second Judicial District.

The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission reviews the performance of appellate judges using surveys, interviews and other information, as required by law. The Commission uses these evaluations to publish a report in which the Commission recommends appellate judges for retention or replacement. Of the nine members of the Commission, two are appointed by the Speaker of the Senate, two are appointed by the Speaker of the House and five are appointed by the Judicial Council.

Among the qualities the commission looks for in the judges are integrity, knowledge and understanding of the law, an ability to communicate, preparation and attentiveness, service to the profession, effectiveness in working with other judges and court personnel.

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