A new juvenile court judge was appointed to the Augusta Judicial Circuit on Wednesday and the terms of two incumbents were not renewed.
Pamela James Doumar was named the newest member of the court, which handles truancy and family matters. Judges Jennifer McKinzie and Doug Flanagan will keep their posts.
In making the positions full time for the first time, the size of the court was reduced from four judges to three. Judges Willie Saunders, who ran against Chief Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet in the July 31 primary, and Ben Allen will not return to the court for the four-year term that begins Oct. 1.
The appointment decisions are made by the eight Superior Court judges of the Augusta Judicial Circuit.
“We are pleased to appoint three well-qualified and fair-minded attorneys to those important positions,” Overstreet said in a prepared statement. “Our appreciation is extended to those judges who previously served in Juvenile Court.”
Doumar is a sole practitioner trial attorney with 20 years’ experience and specializes in class-action environmental and consumer claims. She has previous experience as a juvenile court judge.
McKinzie was appointed to the bench in 2008. She previously served as an attorney with the Augusta Circuit Indigent Defense Program and a contract attorney for the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Flanagan has served as Juvenile Court judge for the past 12 years.