Interview with Senior Judge Kenneth Followill: An Original Judicial Council of Georgia Member

We caught up with 85-year-old Senior Judge Kenneth Followill, who we learned served as the first secretary of the then newly-created Judicial Council in 1973. He received the Amicus Curiae Award from Justice Leah Sears while she was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.  Senior Judge Followill was also the guitarist in a … Continue reading Interview with Senior Judge Kenneth Followill: An Original Judicial Council of Georgia Member

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

On Record Restriction Clinics and Providing Opportunity

Contributed by Laverne Lewis Gaskins, Esq. Because human beings escape perfection, mistakes in judgement are expected. However, in the context of the criminal justice system, mistakes of judgment occupy a different, more serious space. Because we live in a society of laws, people should be held accountable for their behavior. We accept and understand that … Continue reading On Record Restriction Clinics and Providing Opportunity

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. Below is the Best Practices for Caseload … Continue reading Upcoming Caseload Reporting and Bench Card

Let’s Re-Introduce Stephanie Hines, JC/AOC’s New Judicial Services Division Director

Stephanie Hines, JC/AOC Judicial Services Division Director Condensed and edited for clarity Michelle Barclay:  Congratulations, Stephanie, on your new job! Please tell our readers why you applied for the position of Judicial Services Division Director at the Judicial Council/AOC.   People may not know that the Judicial Services Division includes: the Office of Research and … Continue reading Let’s Re-Introduce Stephanie Hines, JC/AOC’s New Judicial Services Division Director

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