KNOXVILLE (June 4, 2013) – The Tennessee Judicial Commissioners Association, the organization entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating the Judicial Conference for Tennessee Magistrates, recently elected Knox County General Sessions Court Chief Magistrate Richard Major as Vice President and President-Elect.
The roughly 200-member association is comprised of magistrates from the General Sessions Courts of the majority of Tennessee counties. The State has delegated to the Association the duty to prepare judicial conferences and supervise the continuing education of magistrates and judicial commissioners.
"Richard has been a tremendous asset to the Knox County Sessions Judges and the citizens of Knox County during his tenure as Supervising Judicial Commissioner," said Knox County Sessions Court Judge Patricia Hall Long. "His knowledge of the law and technology, his ability to work well with all departments, as well as his willingness to implement new procedures have all helped to legally and expeditiously streamline the criminal prosecution during charging document and search warrant preparation. He exemplifies the best qualities in a Judicial Commissioner. The Knox County Sessions Judges congratulate him on his deserved recognition and honor as the President-Elect of the State Judicial Association."
"During the past seven years Mr. Richard Major has served Knox County in a variety of roles as Judicial Magistrate," said Knox County Commission Chairman Tony Norman. "He has demonstrated utmost professionalism and during his tenure as Chief Magistrate our Commission has had complete confidence in his leadership and counsel. I highly recommend Mr. Major for this honor."
Magistrate Major takes a seat on the Board of Directors and will become the association president next term. He previously served the organization as chair of the Judicial Education Committee.
Magistrate Major was first appointed to office by the Knox County Commission in 2006. He supervises an office that reviews more than 20,000 potential criminal cases each year and decides whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal prosecution.