Atlanta, August 13, 2015 – Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices, the national organization that represents the highest judicial officers from every state in the country, as well as from the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The 11-member board is the [...]
Atlanta, June 22, 2015 – Earlier today the Supreme Court of Georgia issued a temporary stay of the death penalty trial proceedings of Jamie Donnell Hood to consider whether it would grant the State’s “emergency motion” for a full appeal of a number of rulings by the Athens-Clarke County Superior Court. Among the issues the [...]
Atlanta, June 22, 2015 – The Supreme Court of Georgia this afternoon issued a temporary stay of proceedings in the death penalty trial of Jamie Donnell Hood so it could consider a number of issues raised by the State. Late Friday, the State filed an emergency motion asking the high court to more permanently halt [...]
In 2012, the Supreme Court of Georgia established a Study Committee to comprehensively review the Georgia Code of Judicial Conduct and to recommend appropriate revisions. The Study Committee met on numerous occasions. On November 21, 2014, the Court published a draft revised Code of Judicial Conduct and solicited comments on the draft from the bench, [...]
Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson delivered the annual State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the legislature on Wednesday, Feb. 4. "Each day in Georgia, our judges dispense justice," the Chief Justice said, urging the legislature to pass a base pay raise for judges, which they have not had for more than [...]
Atlanta, January 20, 2015 – In a 5-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia today has denied a stay of execution for Warren Lee Hill, who is scheduled to be put to death next Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7:00 p.m. The Court has also ruled today that it will not hear an appeal by Hill, [...]
On Dec. 18, 2014, Governor Nathan Deal swore in Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines, Justice Robert Benham, and Justice Keith R. Blackwell of the Supreme Court of Georgia. All three justices were reelected May 20, 2014 in the non-partisan election.
Atlanta, December 9, 2014 – In a 5-to-2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for Robert Wayne Holsey, who is scheduled to be put to death tonight by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA. Holsey, 49, was convicted in 1997 of shooting and [...]
Atlanta, June 19, 2014 – For the benefit of litigants, beginning July 1st, convenience fees for using credit cards to pay filing costs in both the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Court of Appeals of Georgia will drop from $15 to $10.
Atlanta, June 17, 2014 – In a 5-to-2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for Marcus A. Wellons, who is scheduled to be put to death tonight by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA. Wellons, 59, was convicted in Cobb County in 1993 [...]