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The Judicial Council of Georgia was created in 1945 and serves as the policymaking body for Georgia’s judiciary. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) was created in 1973. As staff to the Judicial Council, the AOC provides subject-matter expertise on policy, court innovation, legislation, and court administration to all Georgia courts. The AOC also furnishes information technology, budget, and financial services to the judicial branch.

The AOC is led by Director Cynthia Clanton who may be reached by phone at 404-656-5171.

The Judicial Council of Georgia was created in 1945 and serves as the policymaking body for Georgia’s judiciary. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) was created in 1973. As staff to the Judicial Council, the AOC provides subject-matter expertise on policy, court innovation, legislation, and court administration to all Georgia courts. The AOC also furnishes information technology, budget, and financial services to the judicial branch.

The AOC is led by Director Cynthia Clanton who may be reached by phone at 404-656-5171.

The Georgia Courts Journal

  • Georgia Uniform Mediation Act Now Law, Working Group Receives Recognition August 30, 2021
    On August 4, 2021, Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution (GCDR) Chair Hon. M. Cindy Morris gave commendation to the Georgia Uniform Mediation Act working group members and their supporters in service to the expansion of mediation in Georgia, noting: “This is a huge benefit for Georgia, and we sincerely appreciate all of your efforts.” For […]
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  • Judge Walt Davis Reflects on State-wide Business Court’s First Year in Business August 30, 2021
    Georgia’s State-wide Business Court started to accept filings a little over a year ago—on August 1, 2020.  To mark the Court’s first anniversary, Judge Davis spoke with JC/AOC staffer, Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez, to reflect on the Court’s progress and plans for the future. Edited and condensed for clarity. Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez: First off, congratulations on the Business […]
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  • Judge Connie Williford on the beginning of the new Peach-Crawford Accountability Court (PCAC) August 27, 2021
    by Alice Rebecca Culpepper We sat down with Judge Connie Williford to discuss the beginning of the new Peach-Crawford Accountability Court (PCAC) within the Macon Judicial Circuit. In this new program, residents in Peach and Crawford Counties have access to Accountability Court services in their own counties without needing to travel to Bibb County. Judge […]
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  • A Celebration of Chief Judge Ben W. Studdard’s retirement from the State Court of Henry County August 27, 2021
    by Cynthia H. Clanton, Director of the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts The 90-degree temperatures did not deter the many well-wishers celebrating the Honorable Chief Judge Ben W. Studdard’s retirement from the State Court of Henry County. Chief Judge Studdard is a published author, scholar, teacher, and mentor to many judges throughout Georgia. Former […]
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  • Interview with State Bar of Georgia President Elizabeth Fite July 27, 2021
    Condensed and edited for clarity Michelle Barclay: First, congratulations on being sworn in as the 59th President of the State Bar of Georgia on June 12, 2021 at the first hybrid State Bar Annual Meeting in the Bar’s history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  See the swearing-in ceremony here: State Bar of Georgia 2021 Annual […]
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