John Henry England, Jr.
for Associate Justice, Place 2
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children-John H. England, III., April Albright, Chris England and 2
Grandchildren-Ty and Jay Albright
Doctorate-University of Alabama Law School-1974
Bachelor of Science-Chemistry-Tuskegee University-1969
Court Judge, Sixth Judicial Circuit
|Bar Admission(s) &
21, 1974, Alabama State Bar
|Legal & Judicial
law in Tuscaloosa County for 19 Years during which time I represented a
broad range of clients, including a school board, a county government a
number of municipalities, individuals and corporations. I had
extensive trial experience in both civil and criminal jury and non-jury
cases. I have served on the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court
for over 11 years form 1993-1999 and 2001 to the present
date. In 1998 and 1999 I served as Presiding Judge of the
Sixth Judicial Circuit in Tuscaloosa. I served on the Alabama
Supreme Court from September 1999 to January 2001. I am
currently on the Board of Directors of the Circuit Judges Association
and a member of Circuit Judges Executive Committee. I have
served as a lecturer at numerous continuing education seminars for
attorneys. I currently teach a Criminal Law undergraduate
course at the University of Alabama during the Spring term.
served on the Tuscaloosa City Council from 1985 until 1993. I
chaired the Finance Committee from 1985 to 1989 and the Community
Development Committee from 1989 to 1993. I served on the
Planning and Zoning Board for the City of Tuscaloosa. I have
served on the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees from 1998
to the present date. I chaired the Finance Committee and was
Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board from 2002 through
2005. I also currently serve on the UAB Health System Board
of Directors. I have served on the Board of Directors of
numerous organizations including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Salvation
Army, Barnes Branch YMCA, Community Service Program of West Alabama,
Appleseed, Civil Justice Foundation, A Plus and the Michael A. Figures
|Honors & Awards:
Graduate of Leadership Alabama, Recipient of Honorary Doctorate of Law
Degree from Tuskegee University in 1999, Alpha Phi Alph Fraternity Man
of the Year 1994, Inducted into the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama
Civic Hall of Fame in 2003, Selected as Pillar of West Alabama by the
Community Foundation of West Alabama in 2005. Selected by
University of Alabama for a Pioneer Award in 2003.
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How have your
training, professional experience, and interests prepared you to serve
on the Alabama Supreme Court?
primary function of the Alabama Supreme Court is to review decisions of
Trial Courts in the State of Alabama. I practiced law for 19
years trying a broad range of civil and criminal jury and non-jury
trials. During my more than 11 years as a Circuit Court Judge
I presided over numerous civil and criminal cases. It is
important to have real life trial experience in the kinds of cases
which the Supreme Court will be called upon to review.
Because the Alabama Supreme Court is a 9 member body which seeks to
reach consensus on issues which come before it, my 8 years on the 7
member Tuscaloosa City Council gave me valuable experience in the give
and take required to reach a consensus. In addition, I have served on a
number of organizations which have provided me a clearer understanding
of the issues which face our judicial system. Two such
experiences were my service on the Third Citizens Conference on Alabama
State Courts held in 1995 which was co-chaired by retired Justice Oscar
Adams and Former Governor Albert Brewer, and my service on the Alabama
Judicial System Study Copmmission's Committee to Study Sentencing which
was conviened in March 1998 and was chaired by Retired Judge Joe
What do you consider to be the three most important
attributes of a judge?
Basic sense of fairness
2. Good Listener
3. Judicial temperament
What is your judicial philosophy?
basic judicial philosophy is to do my best to be fair and impartial, to
provid a level playing field and treat all parties who come before me
with dignity and respect, to strictly interpret the law and to listen
and consider all views and to make the best decision that I can based
upon the law.
How do you define “judicial independence,” and how
important is it to our judicial system?
independence means that a Judge has the freedom to render a decision
based on the law and facts of a particular case without fear of
reprisals from other branches of government. Judicial
independence is crucial to preserve the rule of law and a true
What is the greatest area of need in the Alabama justice system, and
how should the Supreme Court respond, if at all?
greatest area of need in the Alabama justice system is to reform the
manner in which Judges are selected. It is my belief that
Judges should be elected in nonpartisan elections and that a process be
established which ensures that only the most qualified and experienced
attorneys be placed on trial and appeallate bench. In our criminal
justice system the greatest need is sentencing reform to provide truth
in sentencing and to elimate unwarranted disparities in
sentencing. In addition, our indigent defense system needs to
be reformed to contain spiraling costs while at the same time providing
competent counsel for indigent defendants. The Supreme Court
should be the leader in reforming these areas of critical need.
What part, if any, should public opinion play in the decision of a
would any other informed citizen a Judge should be aware of public
opinion, but that public opinion should not prevent the Judge from
basing his or her decision solely on the law and facts of the
particular case before that Judge.
In a case before the court, how should a judge handle a conflict
between his/her personal beliefs and the law?
judge should always base the decision on the law and the
facts. If a judge feels that his or her personal opinion
regarding an issue will prevent him or her from basing the decision on
the law and facts then the judge should recuse himself from further
participation in that case.
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