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Week Of June 29, 2015 -- Judge Constance C. Russell -- Courtroom 8-F


JUDGE SHAWN ELLEN LaGRUA ELECTED STATE BAR JUDICIAL CHAIR

ATLANTA (June 22, 2015) - Superior Court of Fulton County Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua has been elected Chair of the Judicial Section for the State Bar of Georgia. The State Bar of Georgia exists to foster among the members of the Bar of this state the principles of duty and service to the public; to improve the administration of justice; and to advance the science of law.  Read the press release for more information.


SUPERIOR COURT WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION

ATLANTA (June 17, 2015) - Atlanta recently joined the ranks of major hubs for international commercial arbitration such as New York, Paris, and Miami by designating a specialized court to provide assistance in aid of international commercial arbitrations and to facilitate the prompt enforcement of international arbitral awards. On May 7, 2015, the Supreme Court of Georgia approved a revision to the Business Court Division Rule to allow parties to transfer legal proceedings related to international arbitration agreements and awards to the Business Court Division. Please read the full press release for more information.


2015 ACCESS AND FAIRNESS SURVEY RESULTS

ATLANTA (June 9, 2015) - Each day the Fulton County Justice Center Complex serves thousands of people. Visitors to the JCC come to the courts as attorneys, litigants, jurors, witnesses, family and friends, and casual observers. The Access and Fairness survey measures court users’ ratings of the accessibility and procedural fairness of the court. The survey utilized was based on a research-based assessment instrument developed by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC, 2005.1) as part of the national CourTools–Trial Court Performance Measures initiative. This tool was selected based on survey research conducted over the past thirty years with local trial court participants by NCSC, commercial entities, and academic institutions (Schauffler, 2007.2) which has consistently revealed that court users’ perceptions of their court experiences are shaped less by the outcome of their case and more by how they felt they were treated in court and whether the court’s decision-making process seemed fair.  View the full survey results here.


JUDGE T. JACKSON BEDFORD, JR. NAMED DEPUTY CHIEF

ATLANTA (June 2, 2015) - Judge T. Jackson Bedford, Jr. has been named Deputy Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County. Bedford will succeed Judge Wendy L. Shoob. The position of Deputy Chief Judge was established in 2013. The Deputy Chief Judge serves a one year term and is a member of the Executive Committee with designated responsibilities in managing the day to day governance of the Court. Click here to view the full media release.


JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF GEORGIA POLICIES AND FEES FOR COURT REPORTING

Judicial Council of Georgia Policies and Fees for Court Reporting Services in Criminal Cases

The Judicial Council of Georgia in late September 2014 approved several new rules that impact court reporting matters across the state and in Fulton County.  The rules specifically apply to policies and fees in criminal cases and were set to take effect on January 1, 2015. 

Please note that the Superior Court of Fulton County will adhere to the new Fees and Services schedule as passed by the Judicial Council of Georgia.  Independent contractors submitting invoices for work performed for the Superior Court of Fulton County prior to January 1, 2015 will be compensated utilizing previously approved Fee Schedule for court reporters.


JURY SCAM ALERT

ATLANTA (September 24, 2014) - The Superior Court of Fulton County is issuing a warning to all Fulton County residents regarding a telephone scam connected to jury appearances. Citizens are being targeted by phone calls, threatening them with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts. If anyone should receive a call as described above, please contact Fulton County Jury Services 404-612-4600 immediately. View the full press release here