By Chief Judge Christopher C. Edwards and Taylor Wood Most courts and lawyers are familiar with more than one frequent frivolous self-represented plaintiff. These self-represented litigants file the bizarre complaints that are shared among lawyers as dark entertainment, resulting in hearings that resemble theater of the absurd, challenging even the best tempered jurists’ ability to … Continue reading The Georgia Law of Screening Orders: Preventing Repeated Frivolous, Malicious, and Unsubstantiated Complaint Filings by Self-Represented Litigants
Superior Court, Get Ready Now for Election Night Court Under O.C.G.A. § 21-2-412
By: Judge Christopher C. Edwards and Kyle Harris Timmons New Georgia lawyers quickly learn one of the top ten on the “don’t ever” list is: don’t ever call a Superior Court judge at night. Almost everything can wait at least until morning with no harm done, and probably until the next scheduled hearing day. This … Continue reading Superior Court, Get Ready Now for Election Night Court Under O.C.G.A. § 21-2-412
Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2023
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month. Asian Pacific Americans serve as judges in all but two classes of Georgia’s court system. Only the Court of Appeals of Georgia (on which Justice Carla W. McMillian previously presided) and the State-wide Business Court (which is currently a single-judge class) are without an Asian American judge. To … Continue reading Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2023
2023 Law Day Art Contest Winners!
Law Day provides an opportunity to understand how law and the legal process protect our liberty, strive to achieve justice, and contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. @GACourts invited students from across Georgia to submit artwork about the 2023 Law Day theme "Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration." The members of Judicial Council … Continue reading 2023 Law Day Art Contest Winners!
ICJE’s 2023 Train the Trainer workshop
Announcing the participants of the completed 2023 ICJE "Train the Trainer" workshop - who are ready to lead a class! By Lynne Moore Nelson, Esq., ICJE Executive Director ICJE used to offer this workshop in collaboration with the National Judicial College. The last time the class was offered was in 2019 – so ICJE was … Continue reading ICJE’s 2023 Train the Trainer workshop
Women’s History Month 2023
In celebration of Women's History Month 2023, we celebrate the judges in every class of Georgia's court system. Supreme Court of Georgia Court of Appeals Superior Court State Court Juvenile Court Probate Court Magistrate Court Municipal Court
Black History Month 2023
In celebration of Black History Month 2023, we celebrate the judges in every class of Georgia's court system. Supreme Court of Georgia Court of Appeals Superior Court State Court Juvenile Court Probate Court Magistrate Court Municipal Court
Reflections from a Newly Retired Judge
(Or, “Zoom Court” – You Have Got To Be Joking!”) by Senior Judge Linda Cowen, State Court of Clayton County As I settle into retirement after 27 years on the State Court bench in Clayton County, I have been reflecting on those years. This week, my first week of retirement, I have intentionally been practicing … Continue reading Reflections from a Newly Retired Judge
Meet Peterson M. David, the New CFO for the Judicial Council of Georgia/Administrative Office of the Courts
Let us introduce you to Peterson, our newly hired Chief Financial Officer for the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts. Condensed and edited for clarity. Michelle Barclay: First, welcome. We are so glad to have you on board. And thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me. Please tell our readers a little … Continue reading Meet Peterson M. David, the New CFO for the Judicial Council of Georgia/Administrative Office of the Courts
Judge Ana Maria Martinez: Continuing Her Family Legacy, Supporting the Latin Community, and Serving the Public in So Many Ways
Inspired by Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th through October 15th, we recently spoke with Judge Ana Maria Martinez of the DeKalb County State Court. Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez: Would you please share your journey to the bench? Judge Ana Maria Martinez: I would be remiss if I did not start by telling you … Continue reading Judge Ana Maria Martinez: Continuing Her Family Legacy, Supporting the Latin Community, and Serving the Public in So Many Ways
Georgia State-Wide Business Court Welcomes New Judge and Bids Farewell to Inaugural Judge
Judge William "Bill" Hamrick III was appointed judge of the Georgia State-Wide Business Court by Governor Kemp on August 3, 2022 and was sworn into office on September 26. Prior to joining the Business Court, Judge Hamrick served on the Superior Court for the Coweta Judicial Circuit beginning in 2012. Surrounded by family, friends, and many … Continue reading Georgia State-Wide Business Court Welcomes New Judge and Bids Farewell to Inaugural Judge
Appointing a Special Master – How? When? and Why?
by Hon. R. Keegan Federal, Jr. Through recent CJE programs around the State, many if not most trial judges in Georgia are now familiar with Uniform Superior Court Rule 46, but many if not most have not yet taken advantage of the benefits available under the Rule. This article specifies how a Special Master can … Continue reading Appointing a Special Master – How? When? and Why?