Judicial Council Meetings

December Judicial Council Meeting
The Judicial Council met in Atlanta at the Carter Center on December 8, 2017.
December Judicial Council MeetingJudge Charlie Bethel, Court of Appeals of Georgia, reported on the final report of the Court Reform Council.  Rep. Wendell Willard, Georgia House of Representatives, and Mr. Tyler Mashburn, JC/AOC Legislative Liaison, spoke to the Judicial Council about the upcoming Legislative Session.
Committee Reports
Presiding Justice Melton reported on behalf of the Legislation Committee and Technology Committee.  The Council voted to support several legislative items during the next Legislative Session. Judge Wayne Purdom discussed the work of the Misdemeanor Bail Reform Committee. Judge Allen Wigington reported on the Strategic Plan Committee’s continuing work.
Judge Kathy Palmer spoke to the work of the Judicial Workload Assessment Committee. The members voted to approve a new Policy on the Submission of Caseload Reports by Trial Courts. Judge Brian Rickman presented five recommendations of the Education Committee which seek to advance or support efforts made by the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education to offer best practices in training and education of trial court judges. The Education Committee’s recommendations were approved.
Additional Reports
Because of the threat of inclement weather, Ms. Clanton gave an abbreviated report showcasing the 2017-2018 Georgia Courts Directory for review and the Felony Probation Bench Card. A draft Judge’s Guide to Mental Illness in the Courtroom was shared and feedback from members requested by January 8, 2018. Read her summary remarks here. Similarly, the appellate and trial court reports were referred to written reports in the agenda. The meeting was adjourned so that Judicial Council members, staff, and others in attendance could make their way home safely.
2018 Meetings
Friday, February 23, 2018                 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.       Atlanta, GA (Sloppy Floyd Building)
Friday, April 27, 2018                       12 p.m. - 5 p.m.      Athens, GA (UGA Conference Center)
Wednesday, August 8, 2018             10 a.m. – 12 p.m.      Marietta, GA (Hilton Marietta)
Friday, October 19, 2018                  12 p.m. – 5 p.m.       Macon, GA (Middle Georgia College)
Frday, December 7, 2018                 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.        Atlanta, GA (Sloppy Floyd Building)
October Judicial Council Meeting
October Judicial Council MeetingThe Judicial Council met in Macon at the Anderson Conference Center on October 20, 2017. Chief Justice Hines administered the oath to Mr. Buck Rogers, President, State Bar of Georgia. Rep. Andy Welch spoke to the Judicial Council about the State budget.
Committee Reports
Judge Kathy Palmer presented for adoption the final proposed civil and domestic relations filing forms authorized by SB 132. The Council approved the forms. Judge Wigington reported on the Strategic Plan Committee’s work and noted the formation of a subcommittee to update the Council’s Emergency Operations Plan.  Chief Justice Hines introduced Ms. Karlise Grier as the new Executive Director of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism. Ms. Stephanie Hines, JC/AOC Human Resource Manager, referred members to the written report regarding the Education Committee. Judge Wayne Purdom provided a progress report on the work of the Misdemeanor Bail Reform Committee.

JC/AOC Report
Ms. Clanton reported on the many on going projects with multiple agencies and partners.
• Communications staff worked during the Hurricane Irma event to provide updates on courthouse closures;
• Time and motion study for superior and state courts, in conjunction with the National Center for State Courts, has commenced;
• Two “Day on the Bench” events are scheduled for the Piedmont and Middle Judicial Circuits;
• Work of the IT Division on cyber security and planned transition from the use of listservs to the Intranet tool;
• The continued growth of the Tax Refund Intercept Program.

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