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Week of August 24, 2015 -- Judge Ural Glanville -- Courtroom 5F


THE FAMILY DIVISION TO HOST A FREE FAMILY LAW WORKSHOP

ATLANTA (August 26, 2015) - The Superior Court of Fulton County Family Division in partnership with the Atlanta Bar Association’s Family Law Section and the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Georgia State Bar is proud to announce a new Family Law Workshop. Beginning on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, the educational workshop is to be held every 2nd Tuesday of the month. This free workshop will be held in the Jury Assembly Room located on the 7th floor of the Justice Center Tower, 185 Central Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Click here to view the entire press release.


SUPERIOR COURT NAMES NEW CHIEF JUDGE IN FAMILY DIVISION

ATLANTA (July 29, 2015) - The Superior Court of Fulton County is pleased to announce Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane as the new Chief Judge of the Family Division. As one of the longest presiding judges in the Family Division, she began her term July 1st. Judge Lane served as an integral part of the Family Division Task Force, which was convened in 2014, to study the current structure of the Family Division and make recommendations for improvement. Please read the full media release for more information.


YOLANDA L. LEWIS ELECTED OFFICER TO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

ATLANTA (July 27, 2015) - Yolanda L. Lewis, District Court Administrator and the Court Administrator for the Superior Court of Fulton County, has been elected an Officer of the National Association of Court Management (NACM) Executive Board. The National Association for Court Management has over 1,700 members from the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries. NACM is the largest organization of court management professionals in the world with members from all levels and types of courts. Read the full media release by clicking here.


JUDGE TODD MARKLE JOINS THE FAMILY DIVISION

ATLANTA (July 27, 2015) - The Superior Court of Fulton County is pleased to announce the newest presiding judge in the Family Division, Judge Todd Markle. The Family Division was created with the objective to address and adjudicate domestic issues within families, through a single court system, thus providing continuity and offering intervention services with the goal of improving outcomes for families.  Read the full media release by clicking here.


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.


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