Supreme Court Hears Cases in Ellijay

By Ashley G. Stollar, Communications/Outreach Specialist

The Supreme Court of Georgia stopped in Ellijay on October 16 to hear two cases in Georgia's Apple Capital.  The Court was invited by Chief Judge Brenda S. Weaver, Appalachian Judicial Circuit, to travel to Ellijay so that citizens in north Georgia would have a first-hand view of the important work of the Supreme Court of Georgia.  Among those who witnessed the oral arguments were high school students from Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens counties, the three counties that constitute the Appalachian Judicial Circuit.

After the cases were argued, Chief Justice Thompson gave a brief history of the court, which when it began had no permanent home until after the US Civil War.  Today, the court's home is in Atlanta, but the court travels to one of the state's law schools each year as well as other areas of the state when invited.  "The court travels," the Chief Justice noted, "so that people can be first hand witness to what we do." 

Chief Justice Thompson thanked all those who were there and implored those present to take the few opportunities given to citizens to participate in government: jury service, paying taxes, voting, and running for office.  "Every opportunity you have, you should take pride in your government."

To view the Ellijay arguments, go here.

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