2016 News & Reports

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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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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). [...]

04/27/16 – LUCAS DENIED STAY OF EXECUTION

Atlanta, April 27, 2016 – In a 5-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for Daniel Anthony Lucas, who is scheduled to be put to death at 7:00 tonight [...]

04/20/16 – JUDGE JACKSON TO HEAR GEORGIA SUPREME COURT CASE

Atlanta, April 20, 2016 – Superior Court Judge Asha F. Jackson of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Harold D. Melton in the appeal of Evans v. [...]

04/08/16 – SUPREME COURT TO HOLD SPECIAL SESSION AT SAVANNAH LAW SCHOOL

Atlanta, April 8, 2016 – The Supreme Court of Georgia will hold oral arguments at Savannah Law School on Thursday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. Court will be held in the 4th floor courtroom of [...]

03/31/16 – BISHOP DENIED STAY OF EXECUTION

Atlanta, March 31, 2016 – In a 6-to-1 decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for Joshua Daniel Bishop, who is scheduled to be put to death at 7:00 tonight [...]

03/02/16 – JUDGE REEVES TO HEAR GEORGIA SUPREME COURT CASE

Superior Court Judge Robert S. Reeves of the Middle Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Harold D. Melton in the appeal of Bianca Thrasher-Starobin v. Michael Starobin (S16A0537). The Supreme [...]

02/25/16 – CHIEF JUSTICE RECEIVES MERCER LAW SCHOOL AWARD

Atlanta, Feb. 25, 2016 – Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson of the Supreme Court of Georgia has received the 2016 Alumni Meritorious Service Award from the Mercer University School of Law. President Deron Hicks of [...]

02/17/16 – HITTSON DENIED STAY OF EXECUTION

 Atlanta, February 17, 2016 – The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously denied a stay of execution for Travis Clinton Hittson, who is scheduled to be put to death at 7:00 tonight by lethal injection [...]

01/27/16 – STATE OF THE JUDICIARY

  Chief Justice Hugh Thompson delivers his third annual State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Georgia Legislature. In the speech, he called for modernizing the state’s highest court through an [...]

01/25/16 – STATE OF THE JUDICIARY

Atlanta, January 25, 2016 – Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson of the Supreme Court of Georgia will deliver the annual State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Legislature Wednesday, Jan. 27 [...]

01/15/16 – SUPREME COURT TO HOLD SPECIAL SESSION AT GA STATE UNIVERSITY

Atlanta, Jan. 15, 2016 – The Supreme Court of Georgia will hold oral arguments at Georgia State University’s College of Law at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20. Court will be held in the Ceremonial Courtroom [...]