The Georgia Law of Screening Orders: Preventing Repeated Frivolous, Malicious, and Unsubstantiated Complaint Filings by Self-Represented Litigants

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

2022 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 2022 Law Day theme “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.”  Two … Continue reading 2022 Law Day Art Contest Winners!

Cobb County Mental Health Court Graduation

This April, we visited Cobb County Mental Health Court Graduation presided over by Judge Ann B. Harris. Five graduates were restored to the community through the program and the dignity of work. We were inspired by the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro's attendance and commitment to the Cobb Drug Treatment and Mental Health Court.   PamphletDownload … Continue reading Cobb County Mental Health Court Graduation

CASA on the Catwalk!

At the 2022 CASA on the Catwalk!, Chief Justice David E. Nahmias was honored for his contributions and many years of service to Georgia's Child Welfare System. https://youtu.be/d7T5vQ-r0zQ https://youtu.be/V1jZK8IbrIY Many judges and judicial employees showed support this year for the annual fundraiser. Tee Barnes, Justice Shawn Ellen LaGrua, and Marti Head. JC/AOC Director Cynthia Clanton … Continue reading CASA on the Catwalk!

National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness

The National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts' Response to Mental Illness was established by the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators in March 2020. The Task Force's objective is to "assist state courts in their efforts to more effectively respond to the needs of court-involved individuals with serious … Continue reading National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness

Andrew Zoll: New Chief Budget Officer & New Dad

Andrew Zoll, the new Chief Budget Officer for the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts, recently spoke with JC/AOC communications staffer, Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez.  Condensed and edited for clarity  Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez:  Would you please share your professional background with our readers?  Andrew Zoll:  Sure, I studied political science at the University of Georgia, and I had … Continue reading Andrew Zoll: New Chief Budget Officer & New Dad

Celebrating Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month 2022, we asked Georgia’s judges to tell us what their advice would be to the next generation of Georgia judges and lawyers. Collected below are the inspiring responses that are posted on our social media channels. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram! https://youtu.be/82jXMBo4Myw https://youtu.be/wwpfxYxYPK0 https://youtu.be/5jcKO6kkSjc https://youtu.be/I2M0djBOBKw https://youtu.be/cjlZvP7ZsP4 https://youtu.be/loDNdKIA054 https://youtu.be/O4yFnC10ltM https://youtu.be/txShzFeNtcI https://youtu.be/5kBwgUJ8rWE https://youtu.be/YGfYTvdspQ4Continue reading Celebrating Women’s History Month

Improving Access to Justice in Georgia: an Interview with Justice Verda Colvin of the Supreme Court of Georgia

Vicky O. Kimbrell, of the Georgia Legal Services Program and a member of the Judicial Council’s Access to Justice Committee, recently sat down with Justice Colvin for a conversation about improving access to justice in Georgia. Edited and Condensed for Clarity Q. Justice Colvin, as Chair of the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Access to Justice … Continue reading Improving Access to Justice in Georgia: an Interview with Justice Verda Colvin of the Supreme Court of Georgia

Calling all student artists for a Law Day art contest with cash prizes sponsored by the Judicial Council of Georgia.  

Submit artwork depicting the 2022 Law Day theme, “Towards a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.”  Law Day is honored every year on May 1st and this year’s theme is Towards a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change. To celebrate, we are throwing an art contest for Georgia’s students … Continue reading Calling all student artists for a Law Day art contest with cash prizes sponsored by the Judicial Council of Georgia.  

Celebrating 2022 Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month 2022, we asked Georgia's judges to tell us what their advice would be to the next generation of Georgia judges and lawyers. Collected below are the inspiring responses that are posted on our social media channels. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram! https://youtu.be/RdNpc5UYAcY https://youtu.be/UYuZMW0yQtU https://youtu.be/EJ2XLwgK9cA https://youtu.be/qElYgmUydc8 https://youtu.be/qYJ5bqu9IYYContinue reading Celebrating 2022 Black History Month