October 2013


alt• Judge Daphne Walker (left), Chief Magistrate, Clayton County, stepped down in September 6, 2013, to become president and chief executive officer of the Partnership Against Domestic Violence.  Judge Walker was elected in 2004 as the first African-American Chief Magistrate for Clayton County.


Looking Forward to the Next Generation of Georgia Courts

What will courts in Georgia look like in 2022?  A group of judges, lawyers, court administrators, and judicial stakeholders spent some time recently to imagine how courts will work in 20 years.  The Next Generation Courts Commission was the brainchild of Mr. Ken Shigley, former President of the State Bar of Georgia, and former Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein, Supreme Court of Georgia, who recognized that the perception of the judicial system isn’t seen as taking up the banner of technology and trends as rapidly as private industry or other government institutions.


Planning for the 2014 Accountability Courts Conference is already underway

The Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts is excited to announce the date and location for our statewide Accountability Courts Conference.  Next year’s conference will be held August 10-13, 2014, at the newly renovated Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Conference Center and is already poised to be the best one yet! 



Judicial Council named member of the Returning Veterans Task Force

With six operational veterans court programs as part of the accountability court system, as well as the proposed legislation being worked on this fall to provide statutory authority to veterans court divisions, the Judicial Council has been invited to serve as a member of the Returning Veterans Task Force (Task Force), administered by the Georgia Department of Veterans Service (DVS).

Created by legislation during the 2013 session, the Task Force is charged with:



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