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

Successful Legislative Session for Judicial Council

A monitor outside the Senate Chamber at the Capitol showing initial passage of SB 163 by the Georgia Senate. by Cheryl Karounos - Governmental Affairs Liaison  The pandemic and resulting Statewide Judicial Emergency Order changed a lot of plans in the last year and the Judicial Council’s legislative priorities were no exception.  The initiatives that … Continue reading Successful Legislative Session for Judicial Council

Getting Shots in Arms: Collaboration Between Courts, Communities, and Providers are Getting it Done.

Court staff became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on March 17, 2021, creating an opportunity for providers to set up shop onsite at courthouses and get even more shots in arms, accelerating Georgia's vaccine efforts. Below are some of the success stories from courthouse vaccine drives. JC/AOC Partners with Kroger The Judicial Council/Administrative Office of … Continue reading Getting Shots in Arms: Collaboration Between Courts, Communities, and Providers are Getting it Done.

Chris Walker—New CFO for the Court of Appeals of Georgia—Supports the Court’s Work by Providing Financial Counsel and Fostering a Healthy Work Environment

JC/AOC staffer, Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez, recently spoke with Chris Walker, the new CFO/Director of Fiscal Services for the Court of Appeals of Georgia.  Interview condensed and edited for clarity. Chris Walker, CFO/Director of Fiscal Services for the Court of Appeals of Georgia Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez:  Good morning, Chris, and congratulations on your new role as the CFO/Director … Continue reading Chris Walker—New CFO for the Court of Appeals of Georgia—Supports the Court’s Work by Providing Financial Counsel and Fostering a Healthy Work Environment