Judge John C. Pridgen, Superior Court, Cordele Judicial Circuit, has been named the 2016 "This Is Your Life" honoree by the Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce & the Watermelon Days Committee. The “This is Your Life” award is presented in recognition of going above and beyond the call of duty in service to Crisp County. Judge Pridgen is very active in the community, volunteering in his church, the Touchdown & Dugout Clubs, Cordele Little League and a variety of other organizations for many years.


Judge Don E. Wilkes, Probate Court of Emanuel County, received the Probate Judge of the Year Award on April 20 for his contributions to the Council of Probate Court Judges. Judge Wilkes served as President of the Council from 2015-2016.


• The South Georgia chapter of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) recognized judges in a ceremony in April. Those judges recognized included:


Judge Herbert Benson, State Court of Tift County,

Judge Richard Kent, State Court of Colquitt County;

Judge Chase Daughtrey, Probate Court of Cook County;

Judge Chad VanOrman, Municipal Court of Tifton;

Judge David Herndon, Municipal Court of Moultrie; and

Judge J.J. McMillan, Magistrate Court of Colquitt County.


• Daily Report Awards

Justice Carol W. Hunstein and Senior Judge Dorothy Toth Beasley were selected by the Daily Report to recieve Lifetime Achievement Awards and Justice David Nahmias was named by the Daily Report as its 2016 Luminary, a lawyer recognized in the newspaper's "On the Rise" feature whose career has been particularly successful.


An award ceremony will be held on June 23, 2016. for the Daily Report’s Lifetime Achievement, Luminary, and On the Rise honorees.


• 17th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service

Three judges were recognized with the Justice Robert Benham Award for their works of community service on February 23, 2016.  Presiding Judge John J. Ellington, Court of Appeals; Judge Dax E. Lopez, State Court of DeKalb County; and Judge A.J. “Buddy” Welch, Juvenile Court of Henry County, were among the 12 recipients.

Honorees selected are members in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia, have a record of outstanding community service and continuous service over a period of time to one or more causes, organizations or activities. Judges and lawyers meet the criteria if they have combined a professional career with service to their communities through voluntary participation in community organizations, government-sponsored activities, or humanitarian work outside of their professional practice or official duties. Contributions may be made in any field, including but not limited to: social service, education, faith-based efforts, sports, recreation, the arts, public service and youth activities.



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