Daryl Eustace has qualified to run for Jackson County Circuit Judge in the Republican Primary, set for Tuesday, March 3.
“I am the most experienced and qualified candidate for circuit judge, and I ask for your vote and support,” said Eustace.
Eustace, 54, said he is a lifelong resident of Jackson County. He and his wife, Sandy (Money) have been married for more than 30 years and have three adult children, a son-in-law and one grandchild. They attend Princeton United Methodist Church, where they were married.
Eustace graduated from Paint Rock Valley High School in 1983 while serving as a volunteer firefighter. While working, he attended UAH and became an EMT in 1984 and paramedic in 1985.
Eustace served as a paramedic, instructor and director of EMS and Fire Science Education at Wallace State Community College until becoming an attorney in 2007. He coached youth for 17 years, served on the Scottsboro City School Board for six years and served as president of the Jackson County Bar Association.
“Along the way, I completed my college degrees while working full time and supporting my family,” said Eustace. “I earned my Associates in Science from Northeast Community College, my bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration from Athens State College, my Master’s in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and my Juris Doctorate from Birmingham School of Law.”
As a third-year law student, Eustace said he wanted to gain critical courtroom experience. He said he petitioned the Alabama State Bar and the Alabama Supreme Court for permission to practice law as a student.
“That petition was granted, and I was allowed to practice law as an intern under the supervision of Jack Livingston,” said Eustace. “That internship allowed me to gain valuable trial experience, winning my first trial before graduation. In 2007, I passed the state bar exam on the first attempt and began private practice the following day.”
Since that day, Eustace said he’s been diligent in preparing himself for the position of circuit judge. He said his life experience spans a broad spectrum, much like the jurisdiction of the circuit court.
“The circuit court is a court of general jurisdiction, encompassing a broad range of legal matters including civil, criminal, real estate, business, property, estates, divorce, custody, dependency, adult protection, protection from abuse, workers compensation, personal injury and numerous other subjects,” said Eustace. “The circuit court serves as a court of original jurisdiction and appellate jurisdiction.”
Eustace said his experience as a private attorney, prosecutor, deputy attorney general, guardian ad litem and judge has allowed him to be involved in over 13,000 cases, practicing in municipal courts, state courts, federal courts and drafting or reviewing over 120,000 legal documents.
“Serving as a sworn municipal judge for the past five years has given me experience that is unparalleled by any other candidate,” said Eustace.
Eustace said the law does not exist in a vacuum, adding that while a comprehensive knowledge of the law is paramount, life experience is also important.
“The facts of each person’s situation are applicable to the law,” said Eustace. “I have worked and lived as both a blue-collar and a white-collar member of our community. Having experiences in life other than those of a lawyer gives me a unique understanding of people and the issues they are facing. If you find yourself or a member of your family in a courtroom, you want a judge that can understand and relate to the issues of your life. Such an understanding takes life experience, legal experience and a common-sense approach.”
Eustace said something as simple and out of control as a car wreck can land you and your family in the circuit court. He said, it is a voter’s responsibility to choose the best person to sit as the judge of that court.
“The job requires experience, fairness, wisdom, knowledge of the law and common sense,” said Eustace. “I have that, and I am the most qualified and experienced person to be circuit court judge. I ask for your vote on March 3, 2020.”