June 2012

Appointments

• The Special Council of Criminal Justice Reform was reassembled on May 25 by Gov. Nathan Deal:

Co-Chairs:
Judge Michael P. Boggs, Court of Appeals of Georgia
Mr. David R. Werner, Deputy Executive Counsel to Gov. Deal

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Busy Legislative Session Yields Changes for Judiciary

The 2012 Georgia General Assembly met from January 9 to March 29.  Each year, the AOC monitors legislation affecting the Georgia judiciary.   Below is a sampling of legislation that passed.   A full report on this year’s enacted legislation can be found at http://bit.ly/K0e9Ec.
 
HB 1176 Criminal Justice Reform Act

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Immigration and the State Courts Initiative Update

Dr. John Martin and Dr. Steven Weller from the Center for Public Policy Studies traveled to Savannah on May 31, 2012, to present an update of the Immigration and the State Courts Initiative to the Judicial Council of Georgia.

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Transitions

• On May 1, 2012, Judge William F. Lee Jr., Superior Courts, Coweta Judicial Circuit, retired.

• Judge Lawrence M. Ford, Chief Magistrate of Rabun County, retired on May 16, 2012.

• On May 19, 2012, Judge John Lee Parrott, Superior Courts, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, retired.

• US Magistrate Judge Christopher Hagy, US District Court, Northern District of Georgia, retired on May 31, 2012. 

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