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Judge Bill Filmore announces campaign for Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals

Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2 will be an open seat in the 2024 campaign after Judge Chris McCool announced a run for Supreme Court.

Judge Bill Filmore, left, takes the oath of office.
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Conservative Republican Dale/Geneva County Presiding Judge Bill Filmore announced his campaign for Alabama’s Court of Criminal Appeals, Place No. 2.

“Dedicated to Service, Guided by Faith – just about everything you need to know about me, and what kind of Appeals Court judge I will be is contained right there.” Filmore said. “I have a strong conservative record as a prosecutor, a District Judge and a Circuit Judge. My experience on the bench at the trial level will give me a leg up when it comes to hearing the appeals of criminal cases.” 

Filmore has served as the Presiding Judge of the Thirty-Third Judicial Circuit soon after being elected in 2012. Before his service on the bench, Filmore spent eight years as Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Thirty-Third Circuit, and before that he was an attorney in private practice in Ozark. 

Filmore holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Troy University. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and holds an LL.M. (Masters of Law) in Taxation from Alabama. Filmore is a member of the Alabama Association of Circuit Judges Executive Committee serving as Treasurer, Secretary of the Alabama Circuit Judges’ Scholarship Fund, and a Member of the Alabama Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Criminal Procedure. 

“I’ve practiced law and served as a Judge at the local level for almost 40 years,” Filmore said. “I don’t need any on the job training – I will be ready from day one to help protect Alabamians from criminal activity and those in our society who inflict harm on others.”

Filmore and his wife, the former Angelia Foreman from Brundidge, have been happily married for over 42 years. They have two sons, William and Ray, and four grandchildren, Will Davis, Aubrey, Frances and Posey. William and his wife Liz live in Pike Road and Ray and Danielle live in Leeds.

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place No. 2 currently held by Judge Chris McCool, R-Gordo, will be an open seat in the 2024 campaign cycle after McCool announced he will seek a seat on the Alabama Supreme Court. A seat on the Court of Criminal Appeals is a statewide position and serves a 6-year term.

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