Special to the Clayton News Daily
ATLANTA -- State Court judges held a summit meeting at the State Bar of Georgia building in Atlanta on April 9th and 10th to plan for the future in these uncertain financial times.
Judges volunteered to spend two days identifying specific solutions to challenges facing the court system. Considerable attention was given to both budget constraints, due to a tightening economy, and the increased number of cases being filed.
State Courts have county-wide jurisdiction in 70 counties in Georgia. Last year, there were more than one million filings in State Courts, making it one of the busiest classes of courts in Georgia.
State Courts have jurisdiction over misdemeanor criminal cases, including traffic cases, and all civil cases, except domestic relations and equity cases.
When asked about challenging budget concerns, Clayton County's Judge John Carbo, who is president of the Council of State Court Judges, said: "These are difficult times for everyone. People are hurting. The General Assembly and local governments are dealing with reduced revenues. State Courts will continue to operate frugally, while fulfilling our mission to administer justice for all Georgians."
Also in attendance at the two-day summit were: President-elect of the Council of State Court Judges, Judge Ron Ginsberg, of Chatham County; Judge Ben Studdard, of Henry County; secretary of the organization, Judge Bill Bass, Sr., of Grady County; Judge Larry Mims, of Tift County; past president of the group, Judge Brenda Cole, of Fulton County, Judge Melody Clayton, of Cobb County; Judge Phil Smith, of Forsyth County, and Judge Jeanette Little, of Troup County.