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

Upcoming Caseload Reporting and Bench Card

Greetings judges, as we close out the year we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the all-important case count reporting period, where the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) asks the clerks of your respective court classes to submit caseload data for the previous year. In addition, this year we ask … Continue reading Upcoming Caseload Reporting and Bench Card