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Governor confirms new district judge for Madison County

Smith is filling a vacancy left due to previous judge Patrick Tuten being appointed to a circuit judgeship.


On May 22, Gov. Kay Ivey appointed Ronald Wayne Smith district judge of the 23rd Judicial Circuit in Madison County.

Smith is filling a vacancy left due to previous judge Patrick Tuten being appointed to a circuit judgeship, following reallocation from Jefferson County. 

“As one of my appointees, you will be making important decisions that directly affect the citizens of Alabama,” Ivey wrote in her appointment letter. “I have made honesty and integrity a priority in my Administration, and I know that you will embody these two virtues while serving the people of Alabama.

“Please plan to attend all meetings within reason, be a good steward of the taxpayers’ money, and work in your position to instill trust in state government. The responsibility that comes with this appointment is not to be taken lightly. I trust that you will rise to the occasion and set a standard for others to follow.” 

Smith has worked as a defense attorney and prosecutor for the district attorney’s office. The newly appointed judge believes this experience will allow him to be impartial in his rulings while serving on the bench. He also graduated from the University of Alabama’s School of Law in 2000. 

Smith’s practice areas include constitutional law, family law, and criminal law. Smith is also married and has four children.

Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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