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

Upcoming Caseload Reporting and Bench Card

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. Below is the Best Practices for Caseload … Continue reading Upcoming Caseload Reporting and Bench Card

Albany Municipal Court to Receive Funding to Implement Community Court

Congratulations to the City of Albany for receiving a grant to implement a Community Court through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Read the full press release below: Albany, GA – The City of Albany was one of seven applicants from around the country recently selected by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau … Continue reading Albany Municipal Court to Receive Funding to Implement Community Court

Judge Cuadra on the Many Issues Facing Court Interpreters During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Chief Judge Norman Cuadra, City of Suwanee Municipal Court JC/AOC staffer, Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez, recently spoke with the City of Suwanee Chief Municipal Court Judge Norman Cuadra to discuss issues facing court interpreters especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Judge Cuadra serves as co-chair of the Judicial COVID-19 Task Force’s Subcommittee on Interpreters.  Interview condensed and edited … Continue reading Judge Cuadra on the Many Issues Facing Court Interpreters During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Let’s Re-Introduce Stephanie Hines, JC/AOC’s New Judicial Services Division Director

Stephanie Hines, JC/AOC Judicial Services Division Director Condensed and edited for clarity Michelle Barclay:  Congratulations, Stephanie, on your new job! Please tell our readers why you applied for the position of Judicial Services Division Director at the Judicial Council/AOC.   People may not know that the Judicial Services Division includes: the Office of Research and … Continue reading Let’s Re-Introduce Stephanie Hines, JC/AOC’s New Judicial Services Division Director

Gratitude

Gratitude is the essence of the Thanksgiving holiday. After reading a Harvard Medical School study about gratitude and its positive effects, Michelle Barclay asked several judges who are members of the State Bar of Georgia’s SOLACE Committee and the State Bar's Wellness Committee about what they were grateful for in this daunting year. We hope … Continue reading Gratitude

Veteran’s Treatment Courts: Serving Those Who Served

"My counselor helped me solve internal struggles while my mentor provided a friend like I’ve never had."Fayette County VTC Participant November is National Veterans & Military Families Month. To honor the sacrifices made by members of the military and their families, we are highlighting the work of Veteran's Treatment Courts (VTC): a type of court … Continue reading Veteran’s Treatment Courts: Serving Those Who Served

Meet Ben Luke, JC/AOC’s new Chief Technology Officer

Michelle Barclay:  Congratulations, Ben, on your new job! Please tell our readers why you applied for the CTO position at the Judicial Council/AOC. Ben Luke:  I really enjoy what I do.  I have a passion for technology and I've enjoyed serving and working alongside my customers at the Council of Superior Court Judges for the … Continue reading Meet Ben Luke, JC/AOC’s new Chief Technology Officer

Focused on Safety, Public Access, and Getting Things Done in Athens-Clarke County: An Interview with Superior Court Judge Lisa Lott

Judge Lisa LottWestern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez:  How long have you served as a judge and what was your path to the bench? Judge Lott:  I took the bench in January 2019. So, I have been a judge for a little over a year and a half.  My path to the bench started … Continue reading Focused on Safety, Public Access, and Getting Things Done in Athens-Clarke County: An Interview with Superior Court Judge Lisa Lott