December 2017

Riding the Pine with Chief Judge Joe Bishop

When the first superior courts were established in Georgia, there were just four counties divided into two judicial circuits.  As the state expanded, so did the number of counties and judicial circuits. Today Georgia's 159 counties are divided into 49 judicial circuits, many of which are multi-county circuits. In those circuits, judges "ride the pine" or "ride the circuit," traveling from county to county to hear cases.

Appointments - December 2017

• On August 10, 2017 Gov. Nathan Deal administered the oaths of office to Judge Margaret Spencer, State Court of Clayton County, and Judge Jeffery Monroe, State Court of Bibb County. Judge Spencer fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John Carbo.  Judge Monroe fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William Adams.

Transitions - December 2017

• Judge Thomas Baxley, Superior Courts, Pataula Judicial Circuit, retired on November 1, 2017. Judge Baxley was appointed in 2014, prior to which he had served as judge of the State Court of Early County.

 

Sandy Lee, Executive Director, Council of Superior Court Judges, retired on December 1, 2017.

 

• Several judges will retire on December 31, 2017 including:

Judge Frank Jordan, Superior Courts, Chattahoochee Juicial Circuit;

In Memoriam - December 2017

• Former Judge Gordon Shuman, of Darien, died on September 25, 2017. Judge Shuman served as the Small Claims Judge from 1981 until 1986 when he was elected Probate Judge of McIntosh County. He served the county until his retirement in 2006.

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