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of Court Administrators

Established 1997

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Episode 1 discusses the proposed juvenile legislation encompassing HB 440, HB 439 and HB 438. Judge Amber N. Patterson, who is currently serving as chair of the task force assigned to this legislation by the Council of Juvenile Court Judges, informs us on what each bill is seeking to change, and how if passed, would effect current juvenile procedures.  Originally published on September 25, 2020.

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Episode 2 features a seasoned panel of court administrators throughout our state, and discusses how different jurisdictions are operating in the face of the current pandemic. Discussions include Court Operating Procedures, Budget Cuts, Court Programs, Jury Trial Preparation, Caseloads and Hearings, and the 
GA CARES Act.  Originally published on September 25, 2020.

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Episode 3: Florida Courts have been leading the nation in social media with 90 percent of their jurisdictions utilizing social media platforms. Joining us for this episode we have Craig Waters, who has been credited for this accolade. Waters is the current director of the Public Information Office at the Florida Supreme Court, where he has worked for the last 34 years.  Originally published on February 11, 2021.

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Episode 4: Jurors are vital to the function of the court system and help courts resolve many cases each year. To help us understand how courts are reimplementing jury trials the episode features, the Bell-Forstyh Judicial Circuit Chief Judge, Jeffery S. Bagley, and Cobb Judicial Circuit Jury Administrator, Wendy Portwood.  Originally published on June 4, 2021.

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Episode 5 features Josh Weeks, the new president for 2022. In this episode, we learn how Josh began his career in the court system. He is currently the Juvenile Court Administrator in the Conasauga Judicial Circuit. The circuit covers both Whitfield County and Murray County.  Originally published on February 17, 2022.

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Episode 6: The courts are peoples first experience dealing with their government. Sometimes difficult situations come up as people don’t understand the process of the courts. Today, we speak with Matt Milligan, an attorney and public speaker who focuses on topics such as dealing with difficult people and negotiating.  Originally published on June 10, 2022.

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Episode 7: Meet the new podcast hosts; Chad Smith, Justin Dobson, Josh Weeks, and Jennifer Lehr.  
Education Committee Chairs, Tracy Johnson and Kriste Pope, discuss upcoming spring conference in Callaway.  Originally published on March 13, 2023.

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Episode 8: The importance of having an emergency plan was a reality all courts faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In this episode, we will talk with courts that faced other types of emergencies, such as natural disasters, infestations, and water damage.  We will learn firsthand from their experiences how we can be better prepared in the event of an emergency in our own courts. Panelists include:

  • Judge Billy Tomlinson - Bryan County State Court
  • Elisa Zarate - Court Administrator, Athens-Clarke County Courts
  • LeNora Hawkins Ponzo - District Court Administrator/Trial Court     
    DeKalb County Superior Court

Originally published on May 8, 2023.

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Episode 9: What makes a great leader?  During this episode we discuss the pillars of effective leadership with two of GCCA's very own seasoned court administrators. Panelists include:

  • T.J. Bement - District Court Administrator, Tenth Judicial Administrative District
  • Lynn Epps - Retired Trial Court Administrator 

Originally published on August 22, 2023.

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