Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia report to Judicial Council 04/28/17

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Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia report to Judicial Council 04/28/17

Post by Nydia Tisdale » July 23rd, 2017, 11:30 am

Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia
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Council of Superior Court Judges
Report to Judicial Council
April 2017


The Council of Superior Court Judges will see new officers take their places on May 1, 2017. Judge Kathy Palmer will become President; Judge Stephen Kelley will become President-Elect; and Judge Shawn LaGrua will become Secretary-Treasurer. Judge Horace Johnson, who has served as CSCJ President for the past year, will serve in the role of Immediate Past President, a position that keeps him on the Executive Committee for another year and requires him to serve as Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

CSCJ is also interested in participating in the new Court Reform Council, which was appointed by the Governor’s Executive Order on March 30, 2017. Judge Trent Brown of the Ocmulgee Circuit was appointed by the Governor to represent Superior Courts on the council. The council also includes one representative each from the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and administrative law judges; three legislative members, two private attorneys, and the Governor’s executive counsel. The council is chaired by Attorney General Chris Carr and is charged with the duty to review current practices and procedures in the judicial system and administrative law hearing system and make recommendations to improve efficiencies and achieve best practices for the administration of justice.

CSCJ also looks forward to working with the Judicial Council on the many new and reconfigured committees that include Education and Training, Grants, Budget, Policy and Legislation, Strategic Planning, Court Reporting Matters, and others.

CSCJ is currently working with staff of the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education to plan the summer conference and training seminars. This year’s summer conference is scheduled to take place at the King and Prince Hotel at St. Simons Island, Georgia, from July 24-27, 2017. Speakers will include Supreme Court Justice Michael Boggs and Commissioner of Community Supervision Michael Nail. Approximately 250 superior court judges and senior judges are expected to attend the conference.

Superior Courts now have 114 accountability courts, with more planned to begin throughout the next year. Currently, accountability courts are operating in 47 of 49 circuits.

Judicial Council Meeting, April 28, 2017
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Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia consider changing Rule 22 controlling cameras in courtroom

Post by Nydia Tisdale » July 23rd, 2017, 3:30 pm

Georgia Judges Set to Eye Changing Rule Over Use of Electronic Devices in Courtrooms
by R. Robin McDonald, Daily Report, July 21, 2017.

Georgia's Superior Court judges are set to meet Monday to consider a major overhaul of a court rule in place for decades governing the use of cameras and electronic recording devices in courtrooms across the state.

That rule, Rule 22, was adopted three decades ago largely to regulate and set standards for news media use of news cameras and other recording devices during court proceedings. But with the proliferation of personal electronic devices able to make video and audio recordings, coupled with the explosion of social media, the state's judges have been prompted to propose dramatic changes to the longtime rule. [FULL STORY ON LINK.]


Why are Georgia judges suddenly camera-shy?
by Chris Joyner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 21, 2017.

The Council of Superior Court Judges is considering changes to the rule allowing news cameras in the state’s courtrooms, raising alarms among transparency advocates.

The council is attempting to rewrite a courtroom rule known as “Rule 22,” which governs how and when news organizations and others can shoot photos and roll cameras during trials.

The council, of which most people have never heard, is meeting Monday to discuss the proposed new rule. The meeting will be at St. Simons Island — but let’s set that aside for now. [READ MORE ON LINK.]


Proposed rule change could restrict access to Georgia courts
by John McCosh, Georgia First Amendment Foundation, July 20, 2014

A statewide judicial council is scheduled to meet Monday to consider a rule change that could result in less public access to courtrooms.

The Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia is meeting on St. Simons Island to evaluate proposed amendments to so-called “Rule 22.”

Rule 22 — officially “Uniform Superior Court Rule 22: Electronic and Photographic Recording of Judicial Proceedings”— was enacted in 1985, when Georgia was at the forefront of efforts to make court proceedings and records more open to the public. [MORE ON LINK.]

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