Kingsley receives MJA’s Hilda Gage Award for Judicial Excellence

Judge James Kingsley

Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge James Kingsley

Judge James Kingsley of the 37th Circuit Court in Calhoun County is the 2012 recipient of the Michigan Judges Association’s Hilda Gage Award for Judicial Excellence.

“Judge Kingsley has exemplified, without lapse, the high standards of professional conduct and scholarship we ask all in our profession to aspire to,” said former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Alton Davis.

Kingsley, a Calhoun county circuit judge since 1982, served as the court’s chief judge from 1984 to 1993.

Kingsley’s colleague and current Chief Judge, Hon. Allen L. Garbrecht, said, “Judge Kingsley – by his words and his actions – has shown me how an outstanding trial judge should act on the bench, off the bench, and in the community. I have been blessed to be his colleague.”

Kingsley’s service to the legal community and the community-at-large includes lecturing and consulting for the Michigan Judicial Institute, lecturing for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and lecturing at Albion College.

Albion College president Dr. Donna M. Randall noted that Judge Kingsley’s “capacity to understand the depth and nuances of politics is exceptional. Equally impressive is his ability to frame the issues in ways that students understand.”

She also noted that he was well rounded, as evidenced by his membership in the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame.

The award is named in honor of the late Judge Hilda Gage, who served on the Court of Appeals and the Oakland County Circuit Court.

Recipients are current and former circuit court and Court of Appeals judges who have excelled in trial and docket management, legal scholarship, and contributions to the profession and the community.

The award also honors judges who serve their profession and their communities with integrity, skill, and courage.

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