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Welcome! From our president:

On behalf of the Council of State Court Judges, I would like to welcome you to the Council's Internet Website. This is a very exciting time for the Georgia Judicial System as the state advances in accountability courts such as DUI Courts, technology and communication!
 
Our Council, and its membership of judges, is proud to be a part of this new age in court development. We hope that by providing a website on our class of court in Georgia, the public will become more educated in the judicial process as well as more familiar with the way the justice system affects their community and daily lives.
 
Please take the time to evaluate our website for all that it has to offer. Also, feel free to contact our Council at our headquarters in Atlanta for any further information that you may need regarding the State Court bench in Georgia. Our staff is able to communicate with various state agencies and judicial offices to provide service on a variety of issues.
 
As you leave this site, remember that the judges of the State Court Bench in Georgia are representatives of not only the laws they adjudicate, but further, they are representatives of the counties in which they serve. Our membership prides itself on its ability to be accessible to the public and strives to maintain, and further build a strong presence in each county in the state. We are in essence a people's court serving every citizen of Georgia.Thank you for visiting the website of the Council of State Court Judges.
 
Judge Linda S. Cowen
President
Council of State Court Judges
 
 
The Council
 
The Council of State Court Judges was created legislatively (OCGA § 15-7-26) to effectuate the constitutional and statutory responsibilities conferred upon it by law and to further the improvement of the State Courts, the quality and expertise of the judges thereof, and the administration of justice. The Council consists of 122 active judges, who serve in 70 counties, and a number of Senior and Judges Emeritus.

Council policies are set by its Executive Committee, while the Council has standing committees for such issues as strategic planning, educational programming, technology/computers, uniform rules, and new judge mentoring among others. Designated State Court judges serve on judicial branch agencies, such as the Georgia Courts Automation Commission, the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education, and the Georgia Commission on Interpreters among others.

The Council also sponsors a "Judge for the Week" program during the legislative session. The Judges attend committee meetings and make themselves available to answers posed by legislators and to express concerns and comments to legislators about bills being considered.

Each year the Council develops a Strategic Business Plan to further its Mission to further the improvement of State Courts, the quality and expertise of its judges, to maintain the impartiality of the judiciary and to ensure the fair, efficient administration of justice. The four Strategic Objectives of the Council are to
1) Support the State Courts;
2) Facilitate Relationships within the Judicial Branch;
3) Foster Relationships with other branches of Government; and
4) Inform and interact with the public.

Officers and Executive Committee 2013 - 2014: 
 

President

Judge Linda S. Cowen

Clayton County State Court

Harold R. Banke Justice Center

9151 Tara Blvd. Room 3JC302

Jonesboro, GA  30236

770-477-3392 / F 603-4149

 

President Elect

Chief Judge Charles S. Wynne

Hall County State Court

P.O. Box 737

Gainesville, GA  30503

770-531-7007 / F 531-3975

 

Secretary

Chief Judge Wayne M. Purdom

DeKalb County State Court

556 N. McDonough Street, Suite 3220

Decatur, GA  30030

404-687-7180 / F 687-7185

 

Treasurer

 Chief Judge Richard A. Slaby

Richmond County State Court

7355 James Brown Boulevard

Suite 4105

Augusta, GA 30901

706-821-2582 / F 821-1177

 

Immediate Past President

Judge David P. Darden

Division I

Cobb County State Court

12 East Park Square, Suite 4A

Marietta, GA 30090-9637

770-528-1721/ F 528-1726

 

District 1

Judge Leon M. Braun, Jr.

Liberty County State Court

103 Memorial Drive

Hinesville, GA 31313

912-876-7101/ F 876-8007

 

District 2

Judge J. Kelly Brooks

Charlton County State Court

3794 Main Street

Folkston, GA 31537

912-496-2567 / F 496-4737

 

District 3

Judge Richard T. Kent

Colquitt County State Court

Colquitt County Courthouse

Room 317

Moultrie, GA  31768

229-616-7001 / F 616-7008

 

District 4

Chief Judge W. O’Neal “Neal” Dettmering, Jr.

Douglas County State Court

8700 Hospital Drive, 4th Floor

Douglasville, GA 30134

770-489-5235 / F 489-5242

 

District 5

Judge Alan W. Thrower

Baldwin County State Court

P.O. Box 1141

Milledgeville, GA  31059-1141

478-452-5442 / 451-5257

 

District 6

Judge Joseph C. Iannazzone

Gwinnett County State Court

Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center

75 Langley Drive

Lawrenceville, GA 30046 

706-822-8550 / F 822-8684

 

District 7

Judge Wesley B. Tailor

Fulton County State Court

T-3755 Justice Center Tower

185 Central Avenue, SW

Atlanta, GA  30303

404-613-4497 / 224-3444

 

District 8

Chief Judge T. Russell McClelland 

Forsyth County State Court

100 W. Courthouse Sq., Suite 150

Cumming, GA 30040

770-781-2130 / F 886-2834

 

 

 

 
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