December Judicial Council Actions

The Judicial Council met at the Atlanta Sheraton Hotel on December 16.  Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson welcomed those in attendance and the Council got to the business at hand which included recommending support for legislative items, approving updates to the methodology and policy used to analyze the need for superior court judgeships and circuit boundary studies, and approving training schedule for magistrate and municipal court judges.
 
Policy and Legislative Committee, Presiding Justice Hines Reporting
The Judicial Council voted to support legislation to: (1) amend legislation to provide defined procedures for removal of municipal court judges; (2) establish municipal courts of Georgia as “courts of record;” (3) provide for prosecuting attorneys for municipal courts with a proviso that the judge may appoint a prosecutor pro hac in cases of conflict of interest; and (4) restore the third-degree standard for judicial disqualification of relationship with parties. Keep up-to-date with the 2015 Legislative session at http://legislation.georgiacourts.gov/pages/home.jsf.
 
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Judicial Workload Assessment, Judge David Emerson Reporting
The Judicial Workload Assessment Committee presented revised policy for approval which included: (1) removing obsolete sections of the policy and codifying informal practices; (2) updating the workload assessment methodology to conform with National Center for State Courts best practices; and (3) officially defining the terms and values used in workload and boundary studies. The newly approved policy can be acccessed here.
 
Training Curricula for Magistrate and Municipal Judges
Mr. Rich Reaves, Executive Director, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, presented the products and services planning calendar for continuing education of magistrate and municipal court judges in CY2014.  Judicial Council approval of these programs is required by law.  Education programs for the magistrate and municipal judges were approved.  Approved programs for magistrate and municipal judges can be accessed here:
Magistrate Curricula
Municipal Curricula
 
Other reports
• The Council was presented with updates on the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, Accountability Court Committees, State Unified Court Technology Study Committee, JC/AOC activities, and reports from the appellate courts and trial court councils.
 
The Council said farewell to Judge Gregory Adams whose term as District Administrative Judge expired.  His place will be filled by the new 4th District Administrative Judge Tangela Barrie.
 
 
Schedule for Judicial Council Meetings in 2015
February 27, 2015
Georgia Freight Depot, Atlanta
10 am - 1 pm
 
April 23, 2015
The Sheraton Hotel, Atlanta
10 am - 1pm
 
June 17, 2015
Sloppy Floyd Building, Atlanta
Noon - 5 pm
 
August 6, 2015
The Loudermilk Center, Atlanta
10 am - 2 pm
 
October 8, 2015
Macon Marriott Center, Macon
Noon  - 5 pm
 
December 9, 2015
The Carter Center, Atlanta
10 am - 1 pm

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