The commission this week selected Jeffrey R. Davis, of counsel at the firm DuBose Massey Bair & Evans in Madison, to replace outgoing executive director Cheryl F. Custer. His appointment comes at a time when the JQC, the state’s constitutionally mandated judicial disciplinary agency, has absorbed budget cuts that have left it with barely enough money to open its doors and few funds to investigate complaints about the state’s judges or to pay for the hearings required to remove judges accused of violating the state’s canon of judicial ethics.

Davis also assumes the commission’s directorship at a time when ethical inquiries by the JQC have been on the rise. Since last fall, six Superior Court judges have resigned after being investigated by the JQC. A seventh was publicly reprimanded by the JQC in May, and last month the Supreme Court of Georgia stripped a South Georgia probate judge of his office on the JQC’s recommendation.

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