Judicial Decision-Making and Advocacy: An Ethical Enquiry

Taught by former Judge Jerry Bruce, now JC/AOC staff to the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children

Judges in dependency and TPR cases often see themselves as the protectors of children. Yet in any legal system, judges are primarily the protectors, not of any party appearing before them, but of the integrity of the system. A persuasive argument can be made that part of the problem is that judges are often substituting their subjective judgement for outcomes demanded by the evidence. The issue highlights the importance of making a full and complete record of each hearing, and for judges to make clear findings of fact and conclusions of law on the record - and of advocacy in the process.
 
Watch the one hour class here.

Contact AOC

Administrative Office of the Courts 244 Washington Street, SW Suite 300 Atlanta, GA  30334

Pop Quiz

Can you name the Georgia judge who officiates college football games?
Find the answer on our Facebook and Twitter accounts: @GACourts!

Feedback

Let us know what you think about the Georgia Courts Journal. Send your feedback, corrections, suggestions, and submissions to Information@georgiacourts.gov

Social Media

Follow the AOC on Facebook! Like us at www.facebook.com/GACourts today.

Receive Tweets from the AOC! Follow us at twitter.com/GACourts.