Justice Michael P. Boggs was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia on December 7, 2016 by Governor Nathan Deal. Previously, Justice Boggs served as a Judge on the Court of Appeals of Georgia from January 2012 through 2016. He was re-elected state-wide without opposition to the Court of Appeals for a six-year term in 2012. 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 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’s Walter F. George School of Law in 1990. While in law school, Justice Boggs was a member of the Moot Court Board and participated on the ABA Moot Court competition team. 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 property insurance defense litigation in Atlanta until 1992, when he returned to his hometown of Waycross. From 1992 to 2004, 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 represented Ware, Charlton and Clinch Counties until 2004. While in the Legislature, Justice Boggs served on the Judiciary, Public Safety and Government Affairs Committees. Among his legislative accomplishments, Justice Boggs authored the “Child Protection Act”, a bill aimed at protecting children from sexual predators. 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. 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 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 Criminal Justice Reform Council each year from 2012 to the present. Justice Boggs is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of State Governments Justice Center and serves on the Board’s Executive Committee. He also serves on the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children, the National Center for State Courts Judicial Peer Group, and the National 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 is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta and the Atlanta Bar Association.