Catherine Cate White announced her candidacy for the Division I Judgeship in the Circuit Court of Hamilton County at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Hamilton County Courthouse. The Honorable Jackie Bolton previously announced she will not seek re-election for this position, and will step down at the end of her term next year.
Ms. White announced: “I am very passionate about pursuing this endeavor furthering my service to the community as my father, Forrest Cate Jr., did through community involvement. My campaign team, which includes Henry Hoss as Treasurer and Gary Green as Campaign Manager, as well as my family and friends, are helping me proceed with this endeavor for which I am grateful, and your support would be a welcome blessing.
“You may be familiar with my work as an attorney, as I have had my solo practice since 1992, which includes Family Law and Rule 31 Supreme Court Approved Family Law mediation. I also authored the local rule for family law mediation which the Circuit and Chancery Courts adopted. My 25 years of legal experience additionally involves civil non-domestic cases such as general sessions, discrimination, breach of contract, insurance defense, personal injury, and governmental tort liability cases. As such, I am well-versed not only in family law, but other areas as well and the mechanics of the Circuit Court of Hamilton County. I have also had the privilege of sitting as a Special Judge for Robert Summit, Division I, when special judges were used for Circuit Court as well as the Chattanooga City Court on an as-needed basis in 2012 and 2013, which has assisted in grooming me for this opportunity.
“Over one-half of the Circuit Court’s caseload entails family law such as adoptions, legitimization, parentage petitions, registration of foreign decrees, divorces with children, divorces without children, alimony, child support, permanent parenting plans, modification of all of these, as well as protective orders, which is why I feel I am uniquely qualified for this position. Family Law is a highly technical field that if not handled properly, can have devastating effects on the lives of people and in particular their children. Family Law is a passion, and requires hard work and sacrifice. The benefit has been watching clients transition from broken souls to healthy, self-sufficient individuals with a desire to make it work in their world. As a Judge in the Circuit Court, I would have the opportunity to continue this ministry to the community by providing consistent application of the law in order to assist our community residents in resolving their legal conflicts in a just, fair, and courteous manner.”
“I pledge to bring tradition through my love of God and appreciation of our historical roots as memorialized in the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights to the bench as well as innovation. I am dedicated toward improving the turnaround time from when a case is filed to when it comes to trial. This can be accomplished through the use of trial management orders. I also support an interconnecting system where the judges in Circuit Court and General Sessions will have access to the same information in domestic violence cases.”
Ms. White obtained her law degree at Cumberland School of Law in 1988 and has been licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee since 1988. She serves on the Program Committee at Siskin Children’s Institute, is a member of The Ministry Center and Chattanooga Bar Association.
Catherine is especially supported by her husband, Wes Robertson, her children, Kassey and Shiloh, her step-father and mother, Jay and Marcia Overstreet, and wishes to give special thanks to her father-in-law, Lin Robertson.