Harris Hines will be the new Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. The
Cobb County native is expected to take up the mantle as Chief Justice this
January, according a press release from the court. He succeeds retiring
Justice Hugh Thompson. Hines will preside over Georgia’s judicial branch
for one 4-year term. The new Chief Justice will act as the main spokesperson
for the state court and entire judiciary. He will also chair the Georgia
Judicial Council, the state judicial branch’s 26-member policy-making body.
Hines spent 12 years serving the Cobb Judicial Circuit. He was appointed to
the state Supreme Court in 1995 by Gov. Zell Miller. He has served as
Chairman of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Committee on Justice for Children
for 16 years. He is a graduate of Emory University’s Law School. Hines will
be sworn in on Friday, January 17, 2017.