December Judicial Council Meeting
Judge Charlie Bethel, Court of Appeals of Georgia, reported on the final report of the Court Reform Council. Rep. Wendell Willard, Georgia House of Representatives, and Mr. Tyler Mashburn, JC/AOC Legislative Liaison, spoke to the Judicial Council about the upcoming Legislative Session.
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We interviewed Justice Michael Boggs. Michelle Barclay (MB). You’ve been on the Council since its creation (2011) and then you have been co-chair of the Council since 2013. There has been a report published every year usually with legislative recommendations, many of which have been passed and are in place today.
When the first superior courts were established in Georgia, there were just four counties divided into two judicial circuits. As the state expanded, so did the number of counties and judicial circuits. Today Georgia’s 159 counties are divided into 49 judicial circuits, many of which are multi-county circuits. In those circuits, judges “ride the pine” or “ride the circuit,” traveling from county to county to hear cases.
Chief Judge Joe Bishop, Superior Courts, Pataula Judicial Circuit, allowed the JC/AOC to ride along as he heard cases on October 30.
Former State Legislator Regina Quick
Chief Justice Hines
The Piedmont Circuit held a Day on the Bench event in honor of Constitution Day with Chief Justice Hines as their keynote speaker and include this picture and title.