Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize Georgia's judicial leaders who come from Hispanic heritage. Judge Dean Carlos Bucci grew up in Marietta, Georgia.  He attended Georgia Southern University and earned his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1997.  Governor Nathan Deal appointed him to the Superior Court bench, … Continue reading Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Georgia Uniform Mediation Act Now Law, Working Group Receives Recognition

GUMA Working Group (L-R): Shelby Guilbert, Esq.; Tracy B. Johnson; Mary Donovan, Esq.; Hon. Charles E. Auslander III; Dr. Timothy Hedeen; Hon. M. Cindy Morris; Stephen McKinney, Esq.; Christine Butcher Hayes; Rep. Rob Leverett; Hon. Jane C. Barwick; Stacey Hornsby, Esq. On August 4, 2021, Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution (GCDR) Chair Hon. M. Cindy … Continue reading Georgia Uniform Mediation Act Now Law, Working Group Receives Recognition

A Celebration of Chief Judge Ben W. Studdard’s retirement from the State Court of Henry County

by Cynthia H. Clanton, Director of the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts The 90-degree temperatures did not deter the many well-wishers celebrating the Honorable Chief Judge Ben W. Studdard’s retirement from the State Court of Henry County. Chief Judge Studdard is a published author, scholar, teacher, and mentor to many judges throughout Georgia. Former … Continue reading A Celebration of Chief Judge Ben W. Studdard’s retirement from the State Court of Henry County

Jackson County Celebrates Treatment Court Graduate and 21 Drug-free Babies

by Alice Culpepper Jackson County recently honored another Treatment Court graduate in the Piedmont Judicial Circuit. On June 29th, Judge Currie Mingledorff presented the graduate with his certificate of completion, and praised him for his amazing accomplishments of not only graduating but also finding employment and stability for both him and his growing family. Jackson … Continue reading Jackson County Celebrates Treatment Court Graduate and 21 Drug-free Babies

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Celebrates Accountability Court Anniversaries

by Alice Culpepper Judge Cliff Jolliff Judge Bonnie OliverA newspaper article touting the benefits of the Hall County Parental Accountability CourtJudge John GirardeauJudge Jason DealJudge Clint Bearden On July 2nd, participants and guests gathered to celebrate great milestones for four of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit’s Accountability Courts. Hall County Drug Court marked 20 years since … Continue reading Northeastern Judicial Circuit Celebrates Accountability Court Anniversaries

Council of Municipal Court Judges Swears In New Officers and Training Council Members.

The Council of Municipal Court Judges Annual Summer Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony was held June 24, 2021, after a year hiatus due to the pandemic. In addition to the business meeting, the Council provided its annual summer Law and Practice Update where judges received training on many topics: Judicial Health and Wellness; Updates on … Continue reading Council of Municipal Court Judges Swears In New Officers and Training Council Members.

Barrow County Felony Drug Court Graduation

by Alice Culpepper On June 23rd, Barrow County celebrated two graduates from the county’s Felony Drug Court program. The graduates shared their inspiring stories about their struggles with addiction and how they overcame through the amazing treatment and “tough love” that they found in the program. Both the graduates and their families expressed deep gratitude … Continue reading Barrow County Felony Drug Court Graduation

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 a newly created, single-judge class) are without an Asian American judge. … Continue reading Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Hybrid In-Person/Virtual Spring Conferences Bring Training, Council Leadership Changes, and Awards

Council of State Court Judges Judge Wesley Tailor (Fulton County) was presented an Award for his year as PresidentJudge Wesley Tailor present Chief Justice Melton with the Leadership AwardA panel on Wellness L to R: Judge Render Heard, former judge T.J. Hudson, Judge Shondeanna Morris, and JC/AOC staffer Michelle BarclayRobe Rage sang two songs! The … Continue reading Hybrid In-Person/Virtual Spring Conferences Bring Training, Council Leadership Changes, and Awards

Law Day 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law Now Reading List

The American Bar Association theme for the Law Day 2021 - Advancing the Rule of Law Now - is intended to remind "all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice." We asked Judicial Council of Georgia members to recommend books or media to learn … Continue reading Law Day 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law Now Reading List