News from Fulton County

Submitted by the Superior Court of Fulton County

Superior Court Judge Alford J. Dempsey Jr. Named Deputy Chief Judge

Judge Alford J. Dempsey, Jr. was recently named Deputy Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County. Judge Dempsey succeeds Judge T. Jackson Bedford, Jr. who has served in the deputy post since 2015. Judge Dempsey’s term is set to begin on June 1, 2016. Judge Alford Dempsey

Judge Alford DempseyA native Atlantan, Judge Dempsey is an active member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Gate City Bar Association, and the National Bar Association. As a leader in his field, Judge Dempsey has served as the Past Chair of the Judicial Section for the Atlanta Bar Association, and as both the Judicial Section Past Chair and Vice President for the Gate City Bar Association. Dempsey has previously been elected by his judicial colleagues as a member of the Superior Court’s Executive Committee and currently serves as the chairperson of the Court’s Technology Committee.

Judge Dempsey began his legal career working on Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. He later became assistant city attorney for the City of Atlanta’s Department of Law. In 1992, Dempsey was named judge of the Magistrate Court of Fulton County/State Court in Atlanta. In 1995, Dempsey was appointed to the Fulton County Superior Court by Governor Zell Miller where he presided over civil and felony criminal cases. Judge Dempsey was also instrumental in the development and implementation of the Fulton County Family Court Division. Jurist Dempsey, a Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College received his law degree from Harvard University School of Law.

The position of Deputy Chief Judge was established in 2013. The Deputy Chief Judge serves a one-year term and is a member of the Executive Committee with designated responsibilities which assist in the day to day management and governance of the Court.



Superior Court of Fulton County’s Family Division Welcomes New Leadership
New Chief Judge in the Family Division began her term on July 1, 2016

Judge Jane BarwickJudge Jane BarwickThe Superior Court of Fulton County recently announced Judge Jane Barwick as the new Chief Judge of the Fulton County Family Division. Judge Barwick assumed her new role on July 1, 2016 for a term of one year. Judge Barwick has been an integral part of the Family Division since her election to the Superior Court Bench in 2014. Judge Barwick is no novice to the complexities of domestic cases in Fulton County as she served as a judicial officer for the Court. As the sole proprietor of a law firm specializing in family law that began in 1995, she also served as a contributing member of the Governor’s Commission on the Formation of Family Law Court and the Fulton County Task Force on Child Support.

According to Barwick, “As citizens of Fulton County, we should all be proud of the resources our county puts in to improving the lives of families and children who come into our court system. The Superior Court of Fulton County’s Family Division is an innovative program dedicated to streamlining the process enabling families in crisis to be better served

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