Jill Ayers

A circuit court judge from Montgomery County is in consideration for a Court of Criminal Appeals opening in the Middle Section created by the retirement of the Justice Thomas T. Woodall.

Jill Bartee Ayers, circuit court judge, Part IV, in the 19th Judicial District, is one of 11 applicants in consideration for the position, according to a release from the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts.

The Governor's Council for Judicial Appointments will interview the applicants in a public hearing at the end of October.

The 19th Judicial District encompasses Montgomery and Robertson counties.

Ayers was first elected as circuit court judge in 2015. She is a previous member of Batson Nolan.

Ayers graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1992 and Belmont University in 1989.

She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Montgomery and Robertson County bar associations and the Trial Judges Association.

Other nominees include Charles R. Blanton, of Sumner County; Michael K. Davis, of Sequatchie County; Dustin Faeder, of Davidson County; Kim Helper, of Williamson County; I’Ashea Myles, of Davidson County; Manuel Russ, of Davidson County; Barry Tidwell, of Rutherford County; David Veile, of Williamson County; Larry Wallace, of Stewart County; and Jonathan Wardle, of Wilson County.

Closer to the end of the month, the hearing will be live-streamed at youtube.com/user/TNCourts/featured.

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