Hybrid In-Person/Virtual Spring Conferences Bring Training, Council Leadership Changes, and Awards

Council of State Court Judges Judge Wesley Tailor (Fulton County) was presented an Award for his year as PresidentJudge Wesley Tailor present Chief Justice Melton with the Leadership AwardA panel on Wellness L to R: Judge Render Heard, former judge T.J. Hudson, Judge Shondeanna Morris, and JC/AOC staffer Michelle BarclayRobe Rage sang two songs! The … Continue reading Hybrid In-Person/Virtual Spring Conferences Bring Training, Council Leadership Changes, and Awards

Cobb County Mental Health Court Graduation

By Alice Rebecca Culpepper Cobb County Mental Health Court recognized three graduates on April 29th, 2021. Instead of incarceration, these men went through an intensive rehabilitation course to focus on taking accountability for their actions while receiving treatment to handle substance abuse and mental health issues. The three graduates spoke about how their experience in … Continue reading Cobb County Mental Health Court Graduation

Law Day 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law Now Reading List

The American Bar Association theme for the Law Day 2021 - Advancing the Rule of Law Now - is intended to remind "all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice." We asked Judicial Council of Georgia members to recommend books or media to learn … Continue reading Law Day 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law Now Reading List

Interview with Senior Judge Kenneth Followill: An Original Judicial Council of Georgia Member

We caught up with 85-year-old Senior Judge Kenneth Followill, who we learned served as the first secretary of the then newly-created Judicial Council in 1973. He received the Amicus Curiae Award from Justice Leah Sears while she was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.  Senior Judge Followill was also the guitarist in a … Continue reading Interview with Senior Judge Kenneth Followill: An Original Judicial Council of Georgia Member

Successful Legislative Session for Judicial Council

A monitor outside the Senate Chamber at the Capitol showing initial passage of SB 163 by the Georgia Senate. by Cheryl Karounos - Governmental Affairs Liaison  The pandemic and resulting Statewide Judicial Emergency Order changed a lot of plans in the last year and the Judicial Council’s legislative priorities were no exception.  The initiatives that … Continue reading Successful Legislative Session for Judicial Council

Getting Shots in Arms: Collaboration Between Courts, Communities, and Providers are Getting it Done.

Court staff became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on March 17, 2021, creating an opportunity for providers to set up shop onsite at courthouses and get even more shots in arms, accelerating Georgia's vaccine efforts. Below are some of the success stories from courthouse vaccine drives. JC/AOC Partners with Kroger The Judicial Council/Administrative Office of … Continue reading Getting Shots in Arms: Collaboration Between Courts, Communities, and Providers are Getting it Done.

Chris Walker—New CFO for the Court of Appeals of Georgia—Supports the Court’s Work by Providing Financial Counsel and Fostering a Healthy Work Environment

JC/AOC staffer, Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez, recently spoke with Chris Walker, the new CFO/Director of Fiscal Services for the Court of Appeals of Georgia.  Interview condensed and edited for clarity. Chris Walker, CFO/Director of Fiscal Services for the Court of Appeals of Georgia Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez:  Good morning, Chris, and congratulations on your new role as the CFO/Director … Continue reading Chris Walker—New CFO for the Court of Appeals of Georgia—Supports the Court’s Work by Providing Financial Counsel and Fostering a Healthy Work Environment

A Day in the Life of a Magistrate Court Judge: Judge Berryl A. Anderson

In late January 2020, JC/AOC staffer Robert Aycock visited the DeKalb County Magistrate Court to chronicle a day in the life of Chief Magistrate Judge Berryl A. Anderson. Its intended publication date was in March 2020. However, due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was never published. We publish it now to offer … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Magistrate Court Judge: Judge Berryl A. Anderson