April 2012

18th Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute and 2011 Neutrals’ Conference

More than 200 lawyers, judges, and other professionals packed the State Bar of Georgia Conference Center on December 9, 2011, for the Eighteenth Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute and 2011 Neutrals’ Conference.


2012 State of Judiciary

Chief Justice Hunstein calls for juvenile justice reform

Speaking to a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly, Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein delivered her third State of the Judiciary address on January 25, 2012.  “This yearly tradition,” she began, “underscores our commitment to work together as co-equal branches of government in our common mission of serving the citizens of this great state.”


From the Supreme Court

Georgia Supreme Court Amends Rules on Filing Fees and Oral Argument

The Supreme Court of Georgia has amended two rules recently: Rule 5 (Jan. 1, 2012) and Rule 50 (Mar. 9, 2012).
Under the revised Rule 5, the Clerk of the Supreme Court will be prohibited from receiving or filing an application, petition for certiorari or appellant’s brief in a direct appeal until the party submitting the document pays the required costs or provides sufficient evidence of “indigency.”


In Memoriam

• Judge Preston Brooks Lewis Jr. of Waynesboro died on December 25, 2011. Judge Lewis served as Burke County’s juvenile court judge for over thirty years. He also served six terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and one term in the Georgia Senate. Judge Lewis served in the Korean War and earned his law degree from the University of Georgia.



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