Focused on Safety, Public Access, and Getting Things Done in Athens-Clarke County: An Interview with Superior Court Judge Lisa Lott

Judge Lisa LottWestern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez:  How long have you served as a judge and what was your path to the bench? Judge Lott:  I took the bench in January 2019. So, I have been a judge for a little over a year and a half.  My path to the bench started … Continue reading Focused on Safety, Public Access, and Getting Things Done in Athens-Clarke County: An Interview with Superior Court Judge Lisa Lott

Interview with Associate Juvenile Court Judge Nancy Ragsdale of the Piedmont Circuit

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

Interview with Judge Robert Leonard

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

Interview with Superior Court Judge Cindy Morris of the Conasauga Judicial Circuit of Georgia

Michelle Barclay:  You are the incoming Chair for the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. Tell us a little bit about your path to this leadership position. Judge Morris:  Well, the literal path is that I was a commission member and Judge Jane Barwick asked me if I would serve as chairman. The actual path is … Continue reading Interview with Superior Court Judge Cindy Morris of the Conasauga Judicial Circuit of Georgia

Recovered from COVID-19, Judge Melanie Bell’s Message Resonates with Cautious Hope

by Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez Judge Melanie Bell has recovered from COVID-19 and has a message of hope and vigilance for everyone.  Judge Bell was elected to office in 2016 and took the bench as Newton County’s Probate Court Judge and Chief Magistrate Court Judge in January 2017.   Never did she imagine that a pandemic would affect … Continue reading Recovered from COVID-19, Judge Melanie Bell’s Message Resonates with Cautious Hope

Interview with Judge Ryan Hope, Athens Clarke County Municipal Court Judge.

Judge Ryan Hope, Athens Clarke County Municipal Court Judge Edited and condensed for clarity. Michelle Barclay:  Judge Hope, tell us a little bit about your text notification program.  Is that the right title? Judge Hope:  That title is close enough, we also call it a court reminder system or automated court reminders.  At some point, … Continue reading Interview with Judge Ryan Hope, Athens Clarke County Municipal Court Judge.

A Day in the Life of a Magistrate: Judge Bobby Smith of Long County

This summer, JC/AOC staffer Robert Aycock spent a day with Long County Chief Magistrate Judge Bobby Smith and captured the experience in the pictures below. Long County Courthouse Judge Robert (Bobby) Smith Judge Smith began by traveling to Tattnall County to fill in for Chief Magistrate Judge Eddie Anderson who had recused himself from a … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Magistrate: Judge Bobby Smith of Long County