Georgia Reflections on the Ferguson Report

By Michelle Barclay, Division Director, Communications, Children, Families and the Courts

The US Department of Justice report on Ferguson, Missouri issued in March 2015 is detailed with civil rights violations involving both the police and city municipal courts. 

Some of these same issues are highlighted further in a "Forward Through Ferguson" report issued in September 2015 by the Governor of Missouri. Since that time, the leadership of the Georgia Council of Municipal Court Judges and the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Access, Fairness, Public Trust and Confidence Committee have been collaborating on a series of events and writings entitled “Georgia Reflections on Ferguson”.  The Institute of Continuing Judicial Education is also a partner on these events.

Georgia Reflections on FergusonTo kick off, then President of the Municipal Court Judges, Judge Leslie Spornberger Jones, wrote this article: http://journal.georgiacourts.gov/reflections-ferguson.

Then later, she taught this class, entitled Georgia Reflections on Ferguson, to her collegues:  http://livestream.com/accounts/15641258/events/5596359.   A number of other Georgia Court Councils will be hosting similar classes this year.

In December, an all-day summit entitled Georgia Reflections on Ferguson will be held at Mercer Law School.  An agenda for the day is being planned by current leadership to invite speakers, panels and plenaries with audience participation.  Registration for this summit will be coming soon and will be posted here: http://afptc.georgiacourts.gov/.

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