Two names submitted to replace Roper as judge

(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Judge J. David Roper listens as Public Defendant Michael Arrington (not pictured) speaks during a bench trial concerning an aggravated assault charge against defendant Crawford Jackson of Augusta on February 6. 2013. Roper is retiring Feb. 5.

Two names have been submitted to the governor for his possible appointment to fill the Augusta Judicial Circuit judgeship of retiring Judge J. David Roper.


District Attorney Ashley Wright and former juvenile court judge Pamela James Doumar were the two attorneys selected as qualified or well qualified by the Judicial Nominating Commission. The list was forwarded Friday to Gov. Nathan Deal.


Roper, 70, announced this summer that he would retire on Feb. 5. He will have 10 years on the bench, which qualifies him to receive retirement pay and benefits. His current term expires in 2018.

Ten Augusta area attorneys submitted their names for consideration by the Nov. 22 deadline. Interviews with the Judicial Nominating Commission were conducted this month.

Wright, 49, has served as the chief prosecutor for Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties since her appointment in 2008 to replace her boss who was appointed to the bench, Judge Daniel J. Craig. Wright, who earned her law degree from the Mercer University law school, was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1996.

Doumar, 56, has twice served as a juvenile court judge for the Augusta Judicial District, in 2007 and again in 2012. Doumar is a former president of the Augusta Bar Association. After earning her law degree from Georgetown University, Doumar was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1988.

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