Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on Monday urged state lawmakers gathered for a convention in Atlanta to help improve civics education in their states' schools as a way to reduce the politicization of the country's courts. O'Connor spoke at an annual gathering of state lawmakers from around the country organized by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Records show that at least 1,800 criminal cases have been dismissed in a metro Atlanta county court since 2010 because police officers failed to show up in court despite being subpoenaed to testify. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the findings after its investigation of Fulton County Magistrate Court.
Georgia judges said the state doesn't invest enough money to make its judicial system operate effectively and efficiently. During budget hearings Justice Hugh Thompson of the Georgia Supreme Court said courts are struggling to keep up with their dockets.
A federal judge has denied bond for the four Georgia militia men accused of plotting terror attacks against government officials. U.S. Magistrate Susan Cole said Wednesday there was too much evidence that the men took "concrete action" to carry out attacks to release them.
Georgia is one of two study sites for a national research program to improve how children are represented in welfare systems around the nation. More than a hundred Georgia lawyers will participate. Half will continue representing children without change; the other half will test a best-practices model that asks them to learn more about the child’s life and be more proactive in their cases.
Lawyers for six parents have filed a class-action lawsuit against the state. The plaintiffs are in jail and can’t pay child support. The suit claims they should never have been jailed in the first place.
Chief Justice Carol Hunstein says it's time for Georgia to reform its tough criminal sentences. In her annual State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the state Legislature on Wednesday, Hunstein said many inmates clogging Georgia's prisons "are a greater threat to themselves than to society."