Judicial Council December 2015 Actions

The Judicial Council met on December 9 at the Carter Center in Atlanta in its final meeting of 2015. Chief Justice Hugh Thompson convened the meeting at 10:00 a.m. This policy-making body heard reports from every class of court and various Council committees and voted on several issues.

A short synopsis of the meeting follows:
• Rep. Bert Reeves and Mr. Rusty Sewell spoke about the upcoming legislative session. Rep. Reeves recounted his experiences as a lawyer in the courts and his first year in the General Assembly.  Ms. Christine Butcher, JC/AOC Legislative Liaison, was introduced to the Judicial Council. During the legislative session, Ms. Butcher will advocate on behalf of the Judicial Council.
• Chief Judge Sara Doyle reported on the continuing work of the Strategic Plan Implementation (SPI) Committee. A new standing committee on Strategic Planning will begin work soon, taking on the work of the SPI Committee after its term ends on June 30, 2016.
• Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines reported on the work of the Policy and Legislative Committee.
• Mr. Christopher Hansard, Division Director, Judicial Services, reported on behalf of the Judicial Workload Assessment Committee.  In 2015, JC/AOC staff visited six Judicial Administrative Districts in order to training Superior Court Clerks on caseload reporting.  Mr. Hansard reminded the Council that corrections to caseload reports may be provided to the JC/AOC at any time.
• Mr. Richard Reaves, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, reviewed the curricula for the Magistrate Courts Training Council and Municipal Courts Training Council for 2016.  The Judicial Council approved the training unanimously.
• Ms. Cynthia Clanton, JC/AOC Director, expressed her gratitude to the membership for their confidence in selecting her as the agency’s sixth Director.  She stressed that the JC/AOC is a service organization with a goal of touching every  county in Georgia.  The JC/AOC  Annual Report, provided for the Council members, has been published on time and in time and will be distributed to legislators and other stakeholders.
•  Reports from the Council of Superior Court Clerks, Georgia Council of Court Administrators, and Council of Accountability Court Judges were heard.  Ms. Taylor Jones, Executive Director, CACJ, introduced herself to the group and reported that the Council is in the process of hiring additional staff.

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