General Sessions Division 5

A judge whose illness has kept him off the bench at least one-third of the time since his March appointment says the same condition may affect whether he can serve if elected.

The 23-year-old daughter of a local Sessions Court judge candidate was arrested Monday after her estranged husband told police she keyed his truck and assaulted him during an argument.

Six of the seven candidates for General Sessions Court judge answered reader and audience submitted questions at a public forum co-sponsored by the Times Free Press and Chattanooga Bar Association at UTC Wednesday evening.

The seven candidates for the Hamilton County General Sessions Court judge position vacated by Judge Bob Moon's death earlier this year have varied levels of criminal law experience.

While some candidates for the General Sessions Court judge election in August say voters should take cues from a recent poll conducted by the local bar association, others don't give the results much weight.

Hamilton County Commissioners appointed Assistant County Attorney David Norton as interim General Sessions judge.

Candidates interested in the vacant Hamilton County General Sessions Judge seat of the late Judge Bob Moon can now begin applying.

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