2016 Court News

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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 [...]

7/19/16 – Notice of Comment Period – Proposed Superior Court Rule

The Court is soliciting 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.  Please send any comments to the attention of Therese S. Barnes, Clerk [...]

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 [...]

07/06/16 – JUDGE MARKLE TO HEAR GEORGIA SUPREME COURT CASE

Atlanta, July 6, 2016 – Superior Court Judge D. Todd Markle of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit in Cumming has been designated to serve in place of Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines in the appeal of Gens, Administrator v. White et al. (S16A1005). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the cases on Monday, [...]

07/06/16 – JUDGE HAMRICK TO HEAR GEORGIA SUPREME COURT CASE

Atlanta, July 6, 2016 – Superior Court Judge William Grady Hamrick, III of the Coweta Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Keith Blackwell in the appeal of Gens, Administrator v. White et al. (S16A1005). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the cases on Monday, July 11, 2015 [...]

07/06/16 – JUDGE BOULEE TO HEAR GEORGIA SUPREME COURT CASE

Atlanta, July 6, 2016 – Superior Court Judge J. P. Boulee of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines in the appeal of George M. Nemchik v. Tony Michael Riggs (S16A1106). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case on Tuesday, [...]

06/15/16 – JUDGE LOCKETTE TO HEAR GEORGIA SUPREME COURT CASE

Atlanta, June 15, 2016 – Superior Court Chief Judge Willie E. Lockette of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit in Albany has been designated to serve in place of Justice Harold D. Melton in the appeal of The State v. Morrow (S16G0584). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case on Tuesday, June 21, [...]

06/15/16 – JUDGE SMITH TO HEAR GEORGIA SUPREME COURT CASE

Atlanta, June 15, 2016 – Superior Court Judge Philip C. Smith of the Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit in Cumming has been designated to serve in place of Justice Harold Melton in the appeals of In the Interest of M.D.H., a Child (S16G0428) and In the Interest of D.V.H., a Child (S16G0546). The Supreme Court of Georgia [...]

06/15/16 – JUDGE LOCKETTE TO HEAR GEORGIA SUPREME COURT CASE

Superior Court Chief Judge Willie E. Lockette of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit in Albany has been designated to serve in place of Justice Harold D. Melton in the appeal of The State v. Morrow (S16G0584). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 during its 10:00 A.M. [...]