by Keia Evans I have been working at the AOC for a few months now as their part-time "reporter on the ground" which has allowed me to see so many of you holding events of all sorts in service to your community. I have attended events such as Fulton County’s Adoption Day in November 2019; traveled to Thomson Elementary School to cover the … Continue reading Thoughts on Social Media for Judges
by Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez We’ve been lucky to have Christopher Hansard here at the AOC for 9.5 years. Christopher began his AOC career as a Research & Statistical Analyst. From there, he was promoted to Research Manager and further promoted to his current role as Division Director for Judicial Services. In his current role, Christopher oversees … Continue reading Meet Christopher Hansard, Director of JC/AOC’s Judicial Services Division
Just shy of two years ago, Kristy King, a self-described “non-IT person” accepted the position of JDEX Program Manager in the AOC’s IT Division. She says it’s the best leap of faith she’s ever taken. Kristy notes that she’s grown and pushed herself professionally Happy to be here. Has grown and pushed her self more in the last two years than ever before, and even more than she had anticipated. Simply stated, she’s thrilled to be here.
Not that you asked out loud but, yes, you can be trauma responsive and still do your job, no matter what your job might be. In early 2019, I wrote an article for Georgia’s Courts Journal entitled, Is Doing Justice Really Enough, wherein I confessed that, after thirty years on the bench, I had come to understand and accept that my charge as a judge is not just to do justice, but to do justice and promote healing; healing among those we serve, among those who serve with us, and within ourselves. Recently, I witnessed a powerful demonstration of the fulfillment of that charge from what some might believe to be an unlikely source.
Will Simmons, the District Court Administrator for Georgia’s Sixth Judicial Administrative District, currently serves as president of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and will be succeeded in that role next year by his fellow Georgian, Tracy J. BeMent,
On Friday, December 13, 2019 Superior Court Judges Wade Padgett, Augusta Judicial Circuit, and Tain Kell, Cobb Judicial Circuit, were kind enough to let us sit in on a recording session of “The Good Judge-ment Podcast” in Athens, Georgia. Judge Tain Kell (left) and Judge Wade Padgett recording an episode of "the Good Judge-ment" This particular day was … Continue reading The Good-Judgement Podcast
by Judge R. Michael Key, inspired by the entire Family Time Team and especially by the children they serve. Imagine you are a nine-year old little girl who, along with your three-year old brother, are removed from your home because your mom is arrested on drug charges. Although you are placed with a loving, caring … Continue reading A Very Special Thanksgiving…at the Troup County Jail
This summer, JC/AOC staffer Robert Aycock spent a day with Long County Chief Magistrate Judge Bobby Smith and captured the experience in the pictures below. Long County Courthouse Judge Robert (Bobby) Smith Judge Smith began by traveling to Tattnall County to fill in for Chief Magistrate Judge Eddie Anderson who had recused himself from a … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Magistrate: Judge Bobby Smith of Long County
by Michelle Barclay April Ross (second from left) at the 25th GCFV conference. On Oct 1, attorney April Ross began her new job as ED of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. She was a prosecutor in Fulton County for 7 years and has a personal history with domestic violence (DV) dating back 5 years … Continue reading New Director to Lead State Commission on Family Violence
Greetings judges, as we close out the year we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the all-important case count reporting period, where the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) asks the clerks of your respective court classes to submit caseload data for the previous year. In addition, this year we ask … Continue reading Upcoming Caseload Reporting and Bench Card