2016 Court News

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12/7/16 – Gov. Nathan Deal swore in three new justices to the Supreme Court of Georgia.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, Gov. Nathan Deal swore in three new justices to the Supreme Court of Georgia, expanding the court to nine justices. From left to right, they are J. Nels S.D. Peterson, a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals, J. Michael P. Boggs, also a judge on the Court of [...]

12/6/16 – SALLIE DENIED STAY OF EXECUTION

Atlanta, December 6, 2016 – The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously denied a stay of execution for William C. Sallie, who is scheduled to be put to death tonight by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA. Sallie, 50, was sentenced to death after murdering his father-in-law, John Moore, [...]

11/30/16 – JUDGE WYNNE TO HEAR GEORGIA SUPREME COURT CASE

Atlanta, November 30, 2016 – Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr. of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the appeal of Goldstein, Garber & Salama, LLC v. J.B. (S16G0744). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case on Monday, Dec. 5, [...]

10/19/16 – LAWLER DENIED STAY OF EXECUTION

Atlanta, October 19, 2016 – The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously denied a stay of execution for Gregory Paul Lawler, who is scheduled to be put to death tonight by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA. Lawler, 63, was sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of Atlanta [...]

10/19/16 – SUPREME COURT APPOINTS CHIEF JUDGE SELF TO JQC

Atlanta, October 19, 2016 – The Supreme Court of Georgia has appointed Chief Judge Tilman E. “Tripp” Self, III of the Macon Judicial Circuit to the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC). Self replaces Chief Judge Brenda Weaver of the Appalachian Circuit, who resigned from the Commission in August. The Judicial Qualifications Commission is a seven-member constitutional [...]

10/12/16 – Supreme Court declines to approve Proposed USCR 6.8

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ORDER The Council of Superior Court Judges has requested that the Court approve a new Uniform Superior Court Rule 6.8, which would essentially mirror the recently amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37 (e) on the subject of what remedies a trial court can impose when a party fails to [...]

10/7/16 – Comment In Response To Proposed Superior Court Rule 6.8

On July 19, 2016, the Court solicited comments from all interested persons and entities on both (1) the merits of proposed Uniform Superior Court Rule 6.8 and (2) the propriety of this subject being regulated by uniform court rule rather than by statute and/or decisional law.   The deadline for receiving comments was September 1, 2016.  Click [...]

9/6/16 – HARRIS HINES TO BECOME NEW CHIEF JUSTICE

Atlanta, Sept. 6, 2016 – Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines of Marietta, GA has been unanimously elected as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. He will assume the position Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, succeeding Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson. The Court has also unanimously elected Justice Harold D. Melton to become [...]

7/19/16 – HUGH THOMPSON TO STEP DOWN JANUARY 2017

Atlanta, July 19, 2016 – Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson announced today that he will leave the Supreme Court of Georgia in early January 2017 after the swearing in of a new Chief Justice. That means that Gov. Nathan Deal will have the opportunity to appoint another justice to the state’s highest court. “Our Court [...]

07/14/16 – CONNER DENIED STAY OF EXECUTION

Atlanta, July 14, 2016 – In a 5-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for John Wayne Conner, 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. Conner, 60, has been on death row [...]