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

A Day in the Life of a Magistrate Court Judge: Judge Berryl A. Anderson

In late January 2020, JC/AOC staffer Robert Aycock visited the DeKalb County Magistrate Court to chronicle a day in the life of Chief Magistrate Judge Berryl A. Anderson. Its intended publication date was in March 2020. However, due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was never published. We publish it now to offer … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Magistrate Court Judge: Judge Berryl A. Anderson

Albany Municipal Court to Receive Funding to Implement Community Court

Congratulations to the City of Albany for receiving a grant to implement a Community Court through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Read the full press release below: Albany, GA – The City of Albany was one of seven applicants from around the country recently selected by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau … Continue reading Albany Municipal Court to Receive Funding to Implement Community Court

Judge Cuadra on the Many Issues Facing Court Interpreters During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Chief Judge Norman Cuadra, City of Suwanee Municipal Court JC/AOC staffer, Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez, recently spoke with the City of Suwanee Chief Municipal Court Judge Norman Cuadra to discuss issues facing court interpreters especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Judge Cuadra serves as co-chair of the Judicial COVID-19 Task Force’s Subcommittee on Interpreters.  Interview condensed and edited … Continue reading Judge Cuadra on the Many Issues Facing Court Interpreters During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Council of Accountability Court Judges 2020 Award Winners

The 2020 Council of Accountability Court Judges (CACJ) Annual Training Conference took place on September 14 through 16. Each year the CACJ recognizes outstanding individuals and courts for their service and leadership to Georgia’s accountability courts. This year’s winners are: Inaugural Judge Stephen S. Goss Award In memory of the late Judge Stephen S. Goss, … Continue reading Council of Accountability Court Judges 2020 Award Winners

Interview with Dougherty County Law Library & Southwest Georgia Legal Self-Help Center staff.

Michelle Barclay, Judicial Council/AOC Division Director for Communications, Children, Families, and the Courts recently spoke with legal navigator Nancy Long and attorney Gerald Williams of the Dougherty County Law Library and Southwest Georgia Legal Self-Help Center located in Albany, Georgia. Condensed and edited for clarity Barclay: To kick off our conversation, how long has the … Continue reading Interview with Dougherty County Law Library & Southwest Georgia Legal Self-Help Center staff.

Meet Christopher Hansard, Director of JC/AOC’s Judicial Services Division

by Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez We’ve been lucky to have Christopher Hansard here at the AOC for 9.5 years.  Christopher began his AOC career as a Research & Statistical Analyst.  From there, he was promoted to Research Manager and further promoted to his current role as Division Director for Judicial Services.  In his current role, Christopher oversees … Continue reading Meet Christopher Hansard, Director of JC/AOC’s Judicial Services Division

But I am Not Soft!

Not that you asked out loud but, yes, you can be trauma responsive and still do your job, no matter what your job might be. In early 2019, I wrote an article for Georgia’s Courts Journal entitled, Is Doing Justice Really Enough, wherein I confessed that, after thirty years on the bench, I had come to understand and accept that my charge as a judge is not just to do justice, but to do justice and promote healing; healing among those we serve, among those who serve with us, and within ourselves. Recently, I witnessed a powerful demonstration of the fulfillment of that charge from what some might believe to be an unlikely source.

The Good-Judgement Podcast

On Friday, December 13, 2019 Superior Court Judges Wade Padgett, Augusta Judicial Circuit, and Tain Kell, Cobb Judicial Circuit, were kind enough to let us sit in on a recording session of “The Good Judge-ment Podcast” in Athens, Georgia.   Judge Tain Kell (left) and Judge Wade Padgett recording an episode of "the Good Judge-ment" This particular day was … Continue reading The Good-Judgement Podcast