2015 Court News

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11/19/15 – JOHNSON DENIED STAY OF EXECUTION

Atlanta, November 19, 2015 – The Supreme Court of Georgia this morning denied a stay of execution for Marcus Ray Johnson, who is scheduled to be put to death at 7:00 tonight by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA. The decision was unanimous. Johnson, 50, was sentenced to death [...]

11/5/15 – JUSTICE HINES TO RECEIVE CHILD ADVOCACY AWARD

Atlanta, GA, Nov. 5, 2015 – Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines of the Supreme Court of Georgia is being honored with a “Big Voice for Children Award” for his commitment to justice for youth and his leadership of the Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children. The award ceremony hosted by Voices for Georgia’s Children, [...]

11/3/15 – NEW DIRECTOR NAMED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS

Atlanta, November 3, 2015 – Chief Justice Hugh Thompson announced today that Cynthia H. Clanton has been chosen as the new director of Georgia’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). Ms. Clanton, 54, was chosen from a field of 25 applicants to lead the office, which is responsible for providing a broad range of administrative, [...]

10/19/15 – JUDGE LAGRUA TO HEAR GEORGIA SUPREME COURT CASE

Atlanta, October 19, 2015 – Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the appeal of Downey v. the State (S15A1681). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 during its 2:00 [...]

10/7/15 – SUPREME COURT TO HOLD SPECIAL SESSION IN ELLIJAY

Atlanta, October 7, 2015 – The Supreme Court of Georgia will hold a special session of oral arguments next Friday, Oct. 16, in historic Ellijay, GA, located in in the Appalachian foothills of North Georgia. Court will be held at the Gilmer County Courthouse. Each year, the state’s highest court travels outside Atlanta to hear [...]

9/29/15 – GISSENDANER DENIED STAY OF EXECUTION

Atlanta, September 29, 2015 - In a 5-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for Kelly Renee Gissendaner, who was scheduled to be put to death at 7:00 tonight by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA. Gissendaner, 47, was convicted in Gwinnett County [...]

8/13/15 – CHIEF JUSTICE ELECTED TO NATIONAL BOARD

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 [...]

6/22/15 – HOOD STAY IN PROCEEDINGS LIFTED

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 [...]

6/22/15 – COURT HALTS PROCEEDINGS IN TRIAL OF JAMIE DONNELL HOOD

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 [...]

5/14/15 – Code of Judicial Conduct Revised

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, [...]