Justice Michael P. Boggs was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia on December 7, 2016 by Governor Nathan Deal. He was re-elected state-wide without opposition for a six-year term in 2018. Previously, Justice Boggs served as a Judge on the Court of Appeals of Georgia from 2012 through 2016. Prior to his appellate judicial service, Justice Boggs served as a Superior Court Judge for the Waycross Judicial Circuit, having been elected to an open seat in 2004. He was reelected to the Superior Court without opposition in 2008. Justice Boggs was raised in Waycross and now lives in Pierce County with his wife Heather, a kindergarten teacher in the Ware County public school system.
Justice Boggs obtained his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Psychology from Georgia Southern College in 1985. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University School of Law in 1990. While in law school, Justice Boggs was a member of the Moot Court Board and participated on the ABA/LSD and National Moot Court competition teams. At Mercer, Justice Boggs was inducted into the Order of Barristers and was elected to the Student Government Association.
Following his graduation from law school, Justice Boggs practiced insurance defense litigation in Atlanta until 1992, when he returned to his hometown of Waycross. Prior to his election to the trial court bench, Justice Boggs maintained a general trial practice. Justice Boggs served as a County Attorney, Development Authority Counsel, and as a Special Assistant Attorney General.
In 2000, Justice Boggs was elected as a State Representative to the Georgia General Assembly and served until 2004. While in the Legislature, Justice Boggs served on the Judiciary, Public Safety and Government Affairs Committees and served as chairman of the Probate Law and Elections Law subcommittees. Among his legislative accomplishments, Justice Boggs authored the “Child Protection Act”, a bill aimed at protecting children from sexual predators, and he secured funding for a Public Health Laboratory in Waycross. In 2002, Justice Boggs was selected as the Outstanding Freshman Member of the General Assembly by the Legislative Alumni Association and was also recognized by the Editors of Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “40 under 40” leaders throughout Georgia who have made significant contributions to the state. He was a member of the 2009 Class of Leadership Georgia.
In 2003, Justice Boggs received the Waycross YMCA Community Service Award and the “Legislative Award” from the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. In 2004, he received the University System of Georgia Foundation Regents Award for Excellence in Education in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments as a lawyer and legislator. Justice Boggs is also a recipient of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association “Leadership Award” and was awarded the Georgia District Attorney’s Association “Commitment to Justice Award” for his support of law enforcement and victim’s rights legislation while a legislator. In 2007, he received recognition for his support of the Magnolia House Shelter for abused women and child victims of domestic violence in Waycross and was also presented the Boy Scouts of America “Golden Eagle” Award for his service to the community. In 2017, Justice Boggs was awarded the prestigious St. Thomas More Award from the St. Thomas More Society of Atlanta for his work in leading the state in criminal justice reform, and in 2019 was awarded the “Spirit of Justice” award by the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Georgia.
An ardent supporter of accountability courts, Justice Boggs founded the Waycross Judicial Circuit Drug Court Program, served as its Presiding Judge, and served as a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Standing Committee on Accountability Courts.
In 2011, Justice Boggs served as a member of Georgia’s Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform and was appointed by then Governor Nathan Deal as co-chair of the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Council from 2012 to 2018. Justice Boggs currently is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national nonpartisan criminal justice policy organization, and serves as a member of Governor Brian Kemp’s Georgia Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission where he chairs the Mental Health Courts and Corrections subcommittee. Justice Boggs also is on the Pew Public Safety Performance Project Councils on Jails/Pretrial and Community Corrections and Civil Justice Reform, as well as the National Center for State Courts Task Force on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices, and the Evidence Based Sentencing Peer Group. Justice Boggs was appointed by Governor Kemp to serve on the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission. He also is on the Mercer Law School Board of Visitors and on the Board of Directors of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. Justice Boggs serves on various committees of the Supreme Court of Georgia, including the Committees on Justice for Children and Court Budget and Administration. He also chairs the Budget Committee of the Judicial Council of Georgia. Justice Boggs is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta and the Atlanta Bar Association.