In To Kill a Mockingbird, who presides over Tom’s trial?

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In chapter 16 it mentions that Judge Taylor is the judge during Tom Robinson's trial, so he is the one presiding.  Scout describes him as "a sleepy old shark" who was "amiable, white-haired, slightly ruddy-faced" who ran his court "with an alarming informality".  She goes on to say that he is a good judge who "kept a firm grip on any proceedings that came before him".  She also mentions a very quirky habit that he has:  he bites off the ends of cigars, chews them, then hacks it all up later on.  Pretty disgusting if you ask me, and Scout thinks so too because she wonders how his wife can stand to kiss him.  But, as the trial proceeds, you will see that Judge Taylor is very fair, and a likeable guy all-around.