Judge Ana Maria Martinez: Continuing Her Family Legacy, Supporting the Latin Community, and Serving the Public in So Many Ways

Inspired by Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th through October 15th, we recently spoke with Judge Ana Maria Martinez of the DeKalb County State Court.   Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez:  Would you please share your journey to the bench? Judge Ana Maria Martinez:  I would be remiss if I did not start by telling you … Continue reading Judge Ana Maria Martinez: Continuing Her Family Legacy, Supporting the Latin Community, and Serving the Public in So Many Ways

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

Judge Connie Williford on the beginning of the new Peach-Crawford Accountability Court (PCAC)

by Alice Rebecca Culpepper We sat down with Judge Connie Williford to discuss the beginning of the new Peach-Crawford Accountability Court (PCAC) within the Macon Judicial Circuit. In this new program, residents in Peach and Crawford Counties have access to Accountability Court services in their own counties without needing to travel to Bibb County. Judge … Continue reading Judge Connie Williford on the beginning of the new Peach-Crawford Accountability Court (PCAC)

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