Cowen elected president of council

By Kathy Jefcoats


JONESBORO — Clayton County State Court Judge Linda S. Cowen has been elected to serve as president of the Council of State Court Judges.

As president, Cowen will also be a member of the Judicial Council, which is the governing body of the statewide Judicial Branch of Georgia.

The election was conducted at the council's annual meeting in Athens last month.

Cowen said the offer was too good to pass up.

“When 122 of your peers ask you to serve, it is an honor," she said. "I deeply appreciate it and accept this honor on behalf of the people of Clayton County. Without their faith and support, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to serve. I will continue to be an ambassador for my home county, and to represent all state courts to the best of my ability.”

According to the Council of State Court Judges, state courts have countywide jurisdiction in 70 counties in Georgia. For the past three years, there were more than 700,000 cases filed in all 70 state courts, making them the busiest courts of record in Georgia.

State courts have jurisdiction over misdemeanor criminal cases, including traffic cases, and all civil cases, except domestic relations and equity cases.

The Council of State Court Judges of Georgia is made up of more than 147 state court judges and senior judges throughout the state. As president, Cowen will lead the council in finding ways to fulfill its mission to further the improvement of the state court and the quality and expertise of its judges, to maintain the impartiality of the judiciary and to ensure the fair and efficient administration of justice.