Meet the Members of the Judicial Council of Georgia

The 28 member Judicial Council of Georgia meets several times a year to act on policy and administrative matters affecting the judiciary. Judges from Georgia’s appellate and trial courts at all levels are represented on the Judicial Council, as well as a representative from the State Bar of Georgia.

To get to know our members, we are asking each one about how they became judges and what they hope to accomplish during their respective leadership terms.

Videos will be added as they are available. More coming soon…

Court of Appeals of Georgia

Chief Judge Brian M. Rickman, Court of Appeals of Georgia.

Superior Court

Judge Arthur Lee Smith, Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, President of the Council of Superior Court Judges.
Judge John Morse, Jr., Eastern Judicial Circuit, President-Elect of the Council of Superior Court Judges.
Judge D. Jay Stewart, Atlantic Judicial Circuit, 1st Judicial Administrative District
Chief Judge Asha Jackson, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, 4th Judicial Administrative District

Previous Superior Court Judge Judicial Council Profiles

State Court

Judge Vi Bennett, Wayne County State Court, President of the Council of State Court Judges
Judge Alvin T. Wong, DeKalb County State Court, Immediate Past-President of the Council of State Court Judges

Previous State Court Judge Judicial Council Profiles

Juvenile Court

Juvenile Court Judge Render M. Heard, Jr., Tifton Judicial Circuit, President of the Council Juvenile Court Judges.

Previous Juvenile Court Judge Judicial Council Profiles

Probate Court

Probate Court Judge Shawn Rhodes, Wilcox County, President of the Council Probate Court Judges.

Previous Probate Court Judge Judicial Council Profiles

Magistrate Court

Chief Magistrate Judge Rebecca Pitts, Butts County, President of the Council of Magistrate Court Judges.
Chief Magistrate Judge Brandon Bryson, Bartow County, President-Elect of the Council of Magistrate Court Judges.

Previous Magistrate Court Judge Judicial Council Profiles

Municipal Court

Judge JaDawnya Baker, City of Atlanta Municipal Court, President of the Council of Municipal Court Judges.
Judge Matthew McCord, Stockbridge Municipal Court, Council of Municipal Court Judges President-Elect.

Previous Municipal Court Judge Judicial Council Profiles