2022 Law Day Art Contest Winners!

Law Day provides an opportunity to understand how law and the legal process protect our liberty, strive to achieve justice, and contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. @GACourts invited students from across Georgia to submit artwork about the 2022 Law Day theme “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.”  Two … Continue reading 2022 Law Day Art Contest Winners!

Cobb County Mental Health Court Graduation

This April, we visited Cobb County Mental Health Court Graduation presided over by Judge Ann B. Harris. Five graduates were restored to the community through the program and the dignity of work. We were inspired by the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro's attendance and commitment to the Cobb Drug Treatment and Mental Health Court.   PamphletDownload … Continue reading Cobb County Mental Health Court Graduation

Andrew Zoll: New Chief Budget Officer & New Dad

Andrew Zoll, the new Chief Budget Officer for the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts, recently spoke with JC/AOC communications staffer, Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez.  Condensed and edited for clarity  Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez:  Would you please share your professional background with our readers?  Andrew Zoll:  Sure, I studied political science at the University of Georgia, and I had … Continue reading Andrew Zoll: New Chief Budget Officer & New Dad

Celebrating Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month 2022, we asked Georgia’s judges to tell us what their advice would be to the next generation of Georgia judges and lawyers. Collected below are the inspiring responses that are posted on our social media channels. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram! https://youtu.be/82jXMBo4Myw https://youtu.be/wwpfxYxYPK0 https://youtu.be/5jcKO6kkSjc https://youtu.be/I2M0djBOBKw https://youtu.be/cjlZvP7ZsP4 https://youtu.be/loDNdKIA054 https://youtu.be/O4yFnC10ltM https://youtu.be/txShzFeNtcI https://youtu.be/5kBwgUJ8rWE https://youtu.be/YGfYTvdspQ4Continue reading Celebrating Women’s History Month

Improving Access to Justice in Georgia: an Interview with Justice Verda Colvin of the Supreme Court of Georgia

Vicky O. Kimbrell, of the Georgia Legal Services Program and a member of the Judicial Council’s Access to Justice Committee, recently sat down with Justice Colvin for a conversation about improving access to justice in Georgia. Edited and Condensed for Clarity Q. Justice Colvin, as Chair of the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Access to Justice … Continue reading Improving Access to Justice in Georgia: an Interview with Justice Verda Colvin of the Supreme Court of Georgia

Bryan Ashmore: Dedicated IT Staffer and Music Man  

We recently interviewed Bryan Ashmore, an IT Support Specialist with the JC/AOC’s IT Division.  Condensed and edited for clarity.   Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez:  Thank you for chatting with me for the Georgia Courts Journal, Bryan.  Would you please share your educational and professional background with our readers?  Bryan Ashmore:  My pleasure. I have a Bachelor of Music … Continue reading Bryan Ashmore: Dedicated IT Staffer and Music Man  

Interview with Kristie Tucker, Court Administrator and Chief Clerk at Union City Municipal Court 

Municipal Court of Union City's Court Administrator Kristie Tucker and Chief Judge Ronald J. Freeman, Sr. Condensed and edited for clarity  Michelle Barclay:   First, congratulations on winning Project of the Year from the Georgia Municipal Court Clerks Council (GMCCC) for the Municipal Court of Union City Community Resource Center!  Tell us about the project.  Kristie Tucker:  Thank you … Continue reading Interview with Kristie Tucker, Court Administrator and Chief Clerk at Union City Municipal Court 

Meet Maleia Wilson, the New CFO for the Judicial Council of Georgia/Administrative Office of the Courts

Condensed and edited for clarity Let us re-introduce you to Maleia Wilson, our newly-promoted Chief Financial Officer for the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts.  Michelle Barclay: Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with me on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2021.  Please tell our readers what is in store for you … Continue reading Meet Maleia Wilson, the New CFO for the Judicial Council of Georgia/Administrative Office of the Courts

Chief Judge Lindsay H. Burton on the Hall County Juvenile Court Tutoring Program

Chief Judge Lindsay H. Burton is the Chief Judge for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. JC/AOC staffer Michelle Barclay recently discussed the tutoring program in Hall County. Michelle Barclay: Could you tell me a short summary for our readers? Chief Judge Lindsay H. Burton: Hall County Juvenile Court and 3C Tutoring is partnering together to provide … Continue reading Chief Judge Lindsay H. Burton on the Hall County Juvenile Court Tutoring Program

Interview with Executive Director, Jill Cheeks and Director of Mediation Services & Volunteers, Lee Robbins, with the Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire in Savannah

Michelle Barclay:  We are in year 2 of these pandemic times, how are you holding up personally and professionally?   Lee Robbins: Personally, I am taking the time to focus on other things than news or work. I am getting to spend more time with my wife and my young children who are just learning to walk and talk so I cherish this … Continue reading Interview with Executive Director, Jill Cheeks and Director of Mediation Services & Volunteers, Lee Robbins, with the Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire in Savannah