Jackson County Celebrates Treatment Court Graduate and 21 Drug-free Babies

by Alice Culpepper Jackson County recently honored another Treatment Court graduate in the Piedmont Judicial Circuit. On June 29th, Judge Currie Mingledorff presented the graduate with his certificate of completion, and praised him for his amazing accomplishments of not only graduating but also finding employment and stability for both him and his growing family. Jackson … Continue reading Jackson County Celebrates Treatment Court Graduate and 21 Drug-free Babies

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Celebrates Accountability Court Anniversaries

by Alice Culpepper Judge Cliff Jolliff Judge Bonnie OliverA newspaper article touting the benefits of the Hall County Parental Accountability CourtJudge John GirardeauJudge Jason DealJudge Clint Bearden On July 2nd, participants and guests gathered to celebrate great milestones for four of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit’s Accountability Courts. Hall County Drug Court marked 20 years since … Continue reading Northeastern Judicial Circuit Celebrates Accountability Court Anniversaries

Council of Municipal Court Judges Swears In New Officers and Training Council Members.

The Council of Municipal Court Judges Annual Summer Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony was held June 24, 2021, after a year hiatus due to the pandemic. In addition to the business meeting, the Council provided its annual summer Law and Practice Update where judges received training on many topics: Judicial Health and Wellness; Updates on … Continue reading Council of Municipal Court Judges Swears In New Officers and Training Council Members.

Barrow County Felony Drug Court Graduation

by Alice Culpepper On June 23rd, Barrow County celebrated two graduates from the county’s Felony Drug Court program. The graduates shared their inspiring stories about their struggles with addiction and how they overcame through the amazing treatment and “tough love” that they found in the program. Both the graduates and their families expressed deep gratitude … Continue reading Barrow County Felony Drug Court Graduation

Forsyth County’s DUI Court Celebrates 15 Years

by Alice Culpepper On June 2nd, 2021, the Forsyth County DUI Court held a graduation ceremony consisting of seven graduates from the program and an important visit from Chief Justice Harold Melton who has been an avid supporter of the accountability court program in Georgia. This ceremony marks an important milestone for the Forsyth County … Continue reading Forsyth County’s DUI Court Celebrates 15 Years

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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 a newly created, single-judge class) are without an Asian American judge. … Continue reading Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Insights on the New Georgia Uniform Mediation Act from Tracy B. Johnson, Executive Director of the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution

JC/AOC staffer, Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez, recently discussed the newly-enacted Georgia Uniform Mediation Act with Tracy B. Johnson, Executive Director of the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.  Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez:  In your own words, what is the Georgia Uniform Mediation Act?   Tracy B. Johnson: Georgia is a national leader in the dispute resolution field for court-ordered cases. Since 1993, the Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Rules … Continue reading Insights on the New Georgia Uniform Mediation Act from Tracy B. Johnson, Executive Director of the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution

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