Gov. Nathan Deal is set to swear in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia Thursday. Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell will take his oath in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.
Seven people have been recommended to Gov. Nathan Deal to fill a seat on the Supreme Court of Georgia that is expected to become open this summer. The finalists include five lower court judges and two lawyers.
The State Supreme Court has a new Chief Justice. George Carley was sworn in Tuesday in front of a packed courtroom that included six former Chief Justices. Justice George Carley is scheduled to retire from the State Supreme Court in seven weeks. He says he was shocked when Chief Justice Carol Hunstein decided to step aside to allow him to serve in the top job.
Presiding Justice George Carley will leave the Georgia Supreme Court in July 2012, handing Gov. Nathan Deal a chance to name a replacement to the state's highest court. The 73-year-old Carley said Tuesday he will step down July 17, after all cases from the court's January term have been decided. Whoever Deal appoints must run for election in 2014.