by Bruce Shaw

A Day in the Life of a Magistrate Judge: Judge Joyette Holmes

The magistrate courts of Georgia are commonly referred to as the "court of first resort" or "the people's court." They issue warrants, hear minor criminal offenses, and handle cases of civil claims involving amounts of $15,000 dollars or less. In Georgia, magistrate court judges can be designated to conduct cases as a superior court judge to assist the higher court in dispensing justice in an efficient  manner.

The Case Count Reporting Period has Begun

Greetings judges, as we begin the new year we also begin all-important caseload reporting period, where the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) asks every class of Georgia's trial courts to send in caseload data for the previous year.

The reporting period began on January 2, 2019 and closes on March 15, 2019. While the work of this essential task will be performed by the clerks of your court, we feel it is important to keep stakeholders informed of what we are asking of their organizations and why.

2018 Child Welfare Summit held in Atlanta

2018 Georgia’s Child Welfare Conference, known simply as “the Summit”, took place on December 3rd through the 5th in Atlanta. The event marks the second year of the Summit, which aims to bring together every type of professional involved in Georgia’s child welfare system for education, collaboration and networking. This year’s conference had over 500 attendees from all over the state.

Check out some of the clips below from 2018’s general sessions:

Georgia's Court Administrators Expanding Their Horizons at the October GCCA Annual Conference

The Georgia Council of Court Administrators (GCCA) Annual Conference took place in Savannah from October 22nd to the 24th. GCCA brings together Georgia’s court administrators for training and professional development. The October conference had over 100 attendees from all over the state.


Collage of Trainers 1


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In 2002, Judge Ben Studdard competed on Jeopardy! Can you answer the Final Jeopardy question he couldn't?

Category: U.S. Stamps.

Clue: In late October, 2001, Tony Curtis and Lance Burton unveiled the new stamp honoring this person.

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