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

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