Amy Armstrong: First woman to sit on City bench in 38 years

  • Friday, May 16, 2014

Amy Armstrong

Amy Armstrong said she was honored to be chosen as the assistant municipal court judge for the City of Georgetown.

She was sworn in by Judge Robbie O’Donnell, for whom she will fill in on the bench when he has a conflict, on Tuesday.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the City in this capacity and I am humbled that the City has entrusted me with this important responsibility,” Armstrong said.

“I look forward to working with Judge O’Donnell, the

City staff and City officers.”

She is also excited to be the first woman to sit on the bench in the City of Georgetown in at least 38 years.

“I think it is a great thing for the City to appoint women,” Armstrong said.

“There are more women in law school these days and more in lawyer roles.

“We have the same qualifications as our male counterparts.”

Mayor Jack Scoville said he is glad to have someone of Armstrong’s high qualifications appointed to this position.

He said she was the only applicant for the position.

“We are really lucky that Amy was interested in doing this,” Scoville said.

“We are very happy she is on board.”

He added that Armstrong’s perspective as a woman and a disabled person gives her some sympathies other possible candidates might not have.

“I think Amy is a real nice person and that is always good for judgeship,” Scoville said.

Armstrong, who is a paraplegic, is the executive director and general counsel for the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP), a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protection of the South Carolina environment.

She said she will continue in that position and that being appointed the assistant municipal court judge for the City should not take up a lot of her time.

Armstrong said when she sits on the bench she will hear a variety of misdemeanor cases including charges for shop lifting, traffic violations, criminal domestic violence, and other violations of City ordinances.

She said city judges are restrained from imposing anything higher than a $500 bond or 30 days in jail.

O’Donnell was not available for comment by press time Thursday.

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