Judicial Council Meetings

April 27, 2018

On April 27, 2018, the Judicial Council met in Athens at the UGA Hotel & Conference Center. New Judicial Council member Chief Judge Robert C. McBurney, Superior Court, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, took the oath of service. Winners of the statewide coloring and poster contest were voted on and will be announced soon.

Sen. Bill Cowsert spoke about his work as a lawyer-legislator, Judge Amanda Baxter reported on the Procedures and Rules for the Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings, and Mr. Max Jones spoke about the work of the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

April 2018 Judicial Council Meeting

Committee Reports

Presiding Justice Melton reported on behalf of the Legislation, Budget, and Technology Committees.  Vice Chief Judge Chris McFadden presented a draft of updated "Policies and Fees for Court Reporting Services in Civil Cases" on behalf of the Court Reporting Matters Committee. Beginning on May 1, the Administrative Office of the Courts will publish a draft of these proposed rules on its website (www.georgiacourts.gov) for public commentary. The public will have the opportunity to review the rules and post any suggestions or opinions about them. Comments will only be accepted through the website. This will allow staff to gather and analyze the information with greater accuracy and ease. Judge Matthew McCord spoke on behalf of the Misdemeanor Bail Reform Committee.

 

JC/AOC Report

Cynthia Clanton, Director, Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts, reported on staff and services including:

• Our legislative team of Tracy Mason and Tyler Mashburn worked tirelessly during the 40 days of the General Assembly. Along with Robert Aycock, they produced weekly summaries and updated legislation on our website. Maleia Wilson, JC/AOC Budget Director, worked closely with Presiding Justice Melton.

• Stephanie Hines staffs the new Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee, chaired by Presiding Judge Sara Doyle.

• Jessica Farah and the other legal staff members are taking on the legal needs of the Council of Accountability Court Judges.

• Michelle Barclay spent two days with Judge Stephen Kelley for another “Riding the Pine” video.

• Three Court of Appeals judges (Chief Judge Stephen Dillard, Judge Carla Wong McMillian, Judge Charlie Bethel), Judge Allen Wigington, Judge Steve Teske, and several other judges online (Judge Kathryn Schrader, Judge Darin McCoy, Judge Lori Duff) participated in our 3rd Twitter Town Hall which generated over 30,000 organic impressions and caused the #AskGAJudges hashtag to trend for a few hours.

• The Council of Probate Court Judges presented the AOC with their Friend of the Court Award.

Outgoing members include Judge Kathy S. Palmer, Judge Stephen Scarlett, Judge Gregory Fowler, Judge James Griner, Judge Rooney Bowen, Judge James Whitfield, Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson, and Brian "Buck" Rogers.

 


 

February 23, 2018

The Judicial Council met in Atlanta at the Sloppy Floyd Building on February 23, 2018.

Mr. Chris Carr, Attorney General, discussed the work of his office including efforts to address human trafficking, elder issues, cyber security, gang activity, and opiod abuse.
 
Committee Reports
Presiding Justice Melton reported on behalf of the Legislation, Budget, and Technology Committees.  Vice Chief Judge Chris McFadden discussed the work of the Court Reporting Matters Committee. Judge Allen Wigington reported on the Strategic Plan Committee’s continuing work.  Judge Matthew McCord spoke on behalf of the Misdemeanor Bail Reform Committee.
 Feb. 2018 Judicial Council

 

JC/AOC Report
Cynthia Clanton, Director, Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts, reported on staff and services including:

• The Institute of Continuing Judicial Education will take over the accounting of continuing judicial education hours of the Magistrate Judges.

• The Chief Justice’s Day on the Bench in circuits around the state is a success, as is the “Riding the Pine” videos with superior court judges.

• During the Legislative Session, Tracy Mason and her team monitor and send out regular updates.

• New employees Alison Lerner and Meisa Pace join the Legal team.

• Stephanie Hines has recently been named Associate Director of Administrative Services to reflect her broadened scope of work with the Judicial Council.

• Jerry Bruce and Paula Myrick provided training and assistance to the Child Abuse and Neglect Institute.

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