Each year, the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Standing Committee on Judicial Workload Assessment honors the state’s most efficient courts with the Clearance Rate Excellence Awards. Only the top ten percent of courts within each class of court receives this prestigious award. Georgia’s most efficient courts during the calendar year 2019 are: Superior Court Clearance Rate … Continue reading JWAC Clearance Rate Excellence Awards
Michelle Barclay: Tell us a little bit about your path to becoming a lawyer and a judge. Judge Ragsdale: My reason for becoming an attorney had to do with my father who was often called for jury duty and his talking about jury duty around the dining table. It sounded fascinating. He was impressed often … Continue reading Interview with Associate Juvenile Court Judge Nancy Ragsdale of the Piedmont Circuit
Beginning in October 2020, Edwin T. Bell, deputy court administrator for the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, joins the National Center for State Courts as the Director of Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion. Michelle Barclay: Congratulations on your new position! It is great to see a Georgia Court Administrator moving to this national position. We are … Continue reading Interview with Edwin Bell, Recently Appointed Director of NCSC’s Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion
by Robert Aycock, Governmental and Trial Court Liaison at the Administrative Office of the Courts On March 2, 2020, the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Georgia. As cases rapidly increased, it became apparent that the virus would present the state and its people with an array of difficult and unique challenges. As … Continue reading COVID Response in the Magistrate Courts
The 2020 Council of Accountability Court Judges (CACJ) Annual Training Conference took place on September 14 through 16. Each year the CACJ recognizes outstanding individuals and courts for their service and leadership to Georgia’s accountability courts. This year’s winners are: Inaugural Judge Stephen S. Goss Award In memory of the late Judge Stephen S. Goss, … Continue reading Council of Accountability Court Judges 2020 Award Winners
Judge Prine recalls his symptoms coming on fast. He worked at the Lowndes County Courthouse on Monday, July 20, 2020 where he wore a precautionary mask. That evening, he recalls feeling cold, and then waking with a fever in the middle of the night
Michelle Barclay, Judicial Council/AOC Division Director for Communications, Children, Families, and the Courts recently spoke with legal navigator Nancy Long and attorney Gerald Williams of the Dougherty County Law Library and Southwest Georgia Legal Self-Help Center located in Albany, Georgia. Condensed and edited for clarity Barclay: To kick off our conversation, how long has the … Continue reading Interview with Dougherty County Law Library & Southwest Georgia Legal Self-Help Center staff.
Mike Horner with a Middle Georgia Justice client. Michelle Barclay, Judicial Council/AOC Division Director for Communications, Children, Families, and the Courts recently spoke with Mike Horner, Executive Director at Middle Georgia Justice. Condensed and edited for clarity. Barclay: Let’s talk a little about the Middle Georgia Justice which got started in late 2017 and for … Continue reading Interview with Executive Director of Middle Georgia Justice, Mike Horner, about their work and their services.
Judge Robert Leonard, Superior Court of Cobb County Michelle Barclay, AOC Division Director for Communications, Children, Families, and the Courts recently spoke with Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard Edited and condensed for clarity Barclay: We see your social media posts announcing your daily schedule. Barclay: Describe what a day in your life looks … Continue reading Interview with Judge Robert Leonard
By Michelle Barclay, BSN and JD In May, I received a call that a dear friend had tested positive for COVID-19. Even though my friend was wearing a mask while at work, he feared he had gotten a big viral dose because he works in healthcare. Faced with this diagnosis, my friend decided to isolate … Continue reading Things I Learned While Caring Remotely for a Friend with COVID-19