A look at Judge David Bales' temporary replacement

Alex McVeagh
photo Alex McVeagh

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday his temporary replacement to the Hamilton County General Sessions Court.

His appointment, Alex McVeagh, 31, said he plans to take the bench May 1 and clear up some of the clogged dockets General Sessions Judge David Bales left behind while fighting cancer in 2016.

"I plan to meet here very soon with Judge Bales, who graciously offered to meet with me and go through his procedures, his dockets, his forms," McVeagh said. "This is his seat. I'm humbled to be able to keep it warm for him."

Bales stepped off the bench in October 2016 after he was diagnosed with cancer and underwent radiation and chemotherapy. He never declared medical disability until late March, missing at least 45 days on the bench and causing his four colleagues and a handful of volunteer attorneys to cover his share of the 50,000 yearly cases that start in General Sessions Court.