Justice Michael P. Boggs was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia on December 7, 2016 by Governor Nathan Deal. He was re-elected statewide 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 six-county Waycross Judicial Circuit, having been elected to an open seat in 2004. He was re-elected 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 focusing on family law, real estate, banking, personal injury, and general civil litigation matters. 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 General Assembly and served until 2004. While in the Legislature, Justice Boggs served on the Judiciary, Public Safety and Government Affairs committees, and 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 and his support of Scouting. 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.
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. Justice Boggs has served as a member of the Governor’s Judicial Nominating Commission, and served on the Foundation Board of Trustees at South Georgia State College in Waycross, where he likewise served as a part-time adjunct professor.
In 2011, Justice Boggs served as a member of Georgia’s Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform and was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve as co-chair of the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Council from 2012 to 2018. Justice Boggs serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national nonpartisan criminal justice policy organization, and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Council on Criminal Justice, a national criminal justice policy initiative. Justice Boggs also serves on the Pew Public Safety Performance Project – Jails/Pretrial and Community Corrections Advisory Council, and on the National Center for State Courts Task Force on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices, a commission created by the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators. Justice Boggs chairs the Judicial Council of Georgia Standing Committee on Criminal Justice Reform and serves on various committees of the Supreme Court of Georgia, including the committees on Justice for Children and Access to Justice. Justice Boggs is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta and the Atlanta Bar Association.