Meet Ben Luke, JC/AOC’s new Chief Technology Officer

Michelle Barclay:  Congratulations, Ben, on your new job! Please tell our readers why you applied for the CTO position at the Judicial Council/AOC. Ben Luke:  I really enjoy what I do.  I have a passion for technology and I've enjoyed serving and working alongside my customers at the Council of Superior Court Judges for the … Continue reading Meet Ben Luke, JC/AOC’s new Chief Technology Officer

Focused on Safety, Public Access, and Getting Things Done in Athens-Clarke County: An Interview with Superior Court Judge Lisa Lott

Judge Lisa LottWestern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez:  How long have you served as a judge and what was your path to the bench? Judge Lott:  I took the bench in January 2019. So, I have been a judge for a little over a year and a half.  My path to the bench started … Continue reading Focused on Safety, Public Access, and Getting Things Done in Athens-Clarke County: An Interview with Superior Court Judge Lisa Lott

JWAC Clearance Rate Excellence Awards

Each year, the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Standing Committee on Judicial Workload Assessment honors the state’s most efficient courts with the Clearance Rate Excellence Awards. Only the top ten percent of courts within each class of court receives this prestigious award. Georgia’s most efficient courts during the calendar year 2019 are: Superior Court Clearance Rate … Continue reading JWAC Clearance Rate Excellence Awards

Interview with Associate Juvenile Court Judge Nancy Ragsdale of the Piedmont Circuit

Michelle Barclay:  Tell us a little bit about your path to becoming a lawyer and a judge.  Judge Ragsdale: My reason for becoming an attorney had to do with my father who was often called for jury duty and his talking about jury duty around the dining table. It sounded fascinating. He was impressed often … Continue reading Interview with Associate Juvenile Court Judge Nancy Ragsdale of the Piedmont Circuit

Interview with Edwin Bell, Recently Appointed Director of NCSC’s Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion

Beginning in October 2020, Edwin T. Bell, deputy court administrator for the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, joins the National Center for State Courts as the Director of Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion. Michelle Barclay:  Congratulations on your new position!  It is great to see a Georgia Court Administrator moving to this national position. We are … Continue reading Interview with Edwin Bell, Recently Appointed Director of NCSC’s Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion

COVID Response in the Magistrate Courts

by Robert Aycock, Governmental and Trial Court Liaison at the Administrative Office of the Courts On March 2, 2020, the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Georgia. As cases rapidly increased, it became apparent that the virus would present the state and its people with an array of difficult and unique challenges. As … Continue reading COVID Response in the Magistrate Courts

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 Executive Director of Middle Georgia Justice, Mike Horner, about their work and their services.

Mike Horner with a Middle Georgia Justice client. Michelle Barclay, Judicial Council/AOC Division Director for Communications, Children, Families, and the Courts recently spoke with Mike Horner, Executive Director at Middle Georgia Justice.   Condensed and edited for clarity. Barclay: Let’s talk a little about the Middle Georgia Justice which got started in late 2017 and for … Continue reading Interview with Executive Director of Middle Georgia Justice, Mike Horner, about their work and their services.

Interview with Judge Robert Leonard

Judge Robert Leonard, Superior Court of Cobb County Michelle Barclay, AOC Division Director for Communications, Children, Families, and the Courts recently spoke with Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard Edited and condensed for clarity Barclay:  We see your social media posts announcing your daily schedule. Barclay: Describe what a day in your life looks … Continue reading Interview with Judge Robert Leonard

Interview with State Bar of Georgia President Dawn Jones

Condensed and edited for clarity Michelle Barclay: First congratulations on being sworn in as the 58th State Bar of Georgia President on June 13, 2020, and also you were sworn in as a non-voting Judicial Council member on June 15, 2020 to represent the State Bar of Georgia. Your leadership year is already marked by … Continue reading Interview with State Bar of Georgia President Dawn Jones