Judge Joeletta Martin Barrentine is a lifelong resident of Walker County, Alabama and currently serving the 14th Judicial Circuit as Circuit Judge. She lives in Sumiton with her husband Jeremy and son Jase.
In 2020, Judge Barrentine became the first female elected judge in the 198-year history of Walker County. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Barrentine practiced law for 13 years, with a focus on civil, criminal, domestic, and juvenile law. She also served 9 ½ years as a municipal judge in Sumiton, Dora, and Parrish and conflict judge for the city of Jasper. Closest to her heart, however, was her work as a Guardian Ad Litem and the opportunity to be the voice for juveniles in dependency and delinquency situations. Judge Barrentine is a part-time Professor at the Birmingham School of Law.
She is a past President of the East Walker Chamber of Commerce and a former Vice President of the Walker County Bar Association. She served eight years on the Sumiton City Council, where she was the youngest female city councilwoman in Sumiton.
Active in her community, Judge Barrentine has volunteered her time with the Cowaco Resource Conservation Authority, Daybreak, ARC of Walker County, United Way, Walker County Arts Alliance, Backyard Blessings, and the Walker Area Community Foundation to name a few. In the past, she has dressed the women of Walker County for half a decade as a boutique owner. She and her husband are partners in The Barrentine Company which owns and operates Mr. B’s Car Wash.