October 2013

Judicial Council/AOC Strategic Planning

Since the beginning of 2013, members of the Judicial Council, AOC staff, and future Judicial Council members have been working to develop a strategic plan for FY2014 through FY2016 .    With the assistance of Mr. Jim Neal, North Highland Group, three working sessions were held in January, April, and June. Mr. Neal conducted interviews with multiple stakeholders which contributed to the work of the Planning Group.
 
Purpose and Role

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JQC Opinion 239 -

The Judicial Qualifications Commission  published Opinion 239 on August 28, 2013. The full opinion is provided here.

Absent specific legal authority, public access to court proceedings should be unfettered and unobstructed.   Georgia’s courtrooms shall be open to the public unless otherwise provided by law.  Presley v. Georgia, 558 U.S. 209, 213-16, 130 S. Ct. 721, 723-25 (2010).   

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What’s Behind Georgia Courts’ Open Door Policy

By: Judge Todd Markle
 
With images from courtroom sketch artists on the evening news in mind, many laypersons must be surprised when they discover the prevalence of television cameras and other media in and around Georgia courtrooms. 

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In Memoriam

Judge David L. “Trey” Aspinwall, III, of Hinesville died on July 30, 2013.  Judge Aspinwall served as Magistrate Judge for Liberty County from 2005 until his death. He is the son of Judge Nancy Aspinwall, Probate Court of Liberty County.
 

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