Appointing a Special Master – How? When? and Why?

by Hon. R. Keegan Federal, Jr. Through recent CJE programs around the State, many if not most trial judges in Georgia are now familiar with Uniform Superior Court Rule 46, but many if not most have not yet taken advantage of the benefits available under the Rule. This article specifies how a Special Master can … Continue reading Appointing a Special Master – How? When? and Why?

Records Restriction Clinic

Wilcox County, GeorgiaAugust 20, 2022 by Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez, Esq. One of Wilcox County’s native sons, Judge Shawn Rhodes—who serves as the County’s Probate Court Judge, Magistrate Court Judge, and as the Municipal Court Judge for two cities—addressed attendees at the start of the clinic and welcomed the volunteers as “water bearers”  to this legal desert … Continue reading Records Restriction Clinic

Tracy Mason—Answering the Call to Public Service

We recently spoke with Tracy Mason, a long-serving employee, and current Senior Assistant Director for the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts. Condensed and edited for clarity Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez:  Thank you, Tracy, for taking time to talk with me. Would you please share your professional background with our readers? Tracy Mason:  It’s my pleasure, and … Continue reading Tracy Mason—Answering the Call to Public Service

Judicial Council Committee on Access to Justice Record Restriction Clinic

Judicial Council Committee on Access to JusticeRecord Restriction ClinicAlbany, Georgia May 5, 2022 Justice Verda Colvin of the Supreme Court of Georgia and Judge Ken Hodges of the Court of Appeals of Georgia stopped into the event to lend their support and encouragement. Chief Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit attended … Continue reading Judicial Council Committee on Access to Justice Record Restriction Clinic

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 currently a single-judge class) are without an Asian American judge. To … Continue reading Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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