Atlanta, March 3, 2017 – Judge Ashley Wright of the Superior Court of the Augusta Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Michael P. Boggs in the appeal of Gibson v. Gibson (S17F0593). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 during its 10:00 A.M. session. In this Fulton County divorce case, a woman is appealing a judge’s ruling, arguing the trial court failed to include more than $3.2 million in assets that she was entitled to share with her ex-husband. In addition to hearing arguments, Judge Wright will participate in the Court’s decision.
Judge Wright, 49, was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal in January 2017 to complete the unexpired term of the Honorable J. David Roper after his retirement on Jan. 31, 2017. Prior to her appointment as Superior Court Judge, she served as District Attorney for the Augusta Judicial Circuit after then-Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed her on May 19, 2008 to fill the unexpired term of former District Attorney Daniel J. Craig. She was subsequently re-elected three times.
Judge Wright received a B.A. in English from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA, and a J.D. from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. She is the past president of the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia and a former member of the State Bar Committee for Criminal Justice Reform. She was named District Attorney of the Year by her peers in 2014.
Judge Wright serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army of Augusta and the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University and has previously served on the State Judicial Nominating Commission, and the Boards of Leadership Georgia and the Episcopal Day School.
(Designated judges are appointed when a justice must recuse himself or herself from a particular case. The Supreme Court of Georgia maintains a list of select judges from around the state and when the need arises, the Court appoints the next judge on the list.)