Gwinnett judge appointed to Georgia Court of Appeals

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's Judge William "Billy" Ray is one of two recent gubernatorial appointments to the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Ray's appointment will take effect Monday as he fills the vacancy left by Judge Keith Blackwell's appointment to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Atlanta attorney Elizabeth Branch was also named to the court of appeals by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Ray will take with him more than 20 years of litigation and judicial experience in Gwinnett County. A current Gwinnett County Superior Court judge, he began his career in 1990 as a trial attorney. He has been a superior court judge since 2002.

He is the founder of Gwinnett's drug treatment court, and was also a state senator from 1997 to 2002.

During his career, Ray has received the Friend of Suwanee Award and legislative service awards from the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Conservation Voters. He lives in Lawrenceville with his wife, Kelle, and their three sons.


kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful how we don't get to vote on these positions. If they screw us, it is the governor's fault.


Karl 2 years, 3 months ago

As if you would have the vaguest idea regarding the issues of this position, its requirements or anyone seeking it.

kevin, I've read you here for quite awhile and have come to the conclusion that you make complaining, about any, and every thing your hobby.

Next time, give some thought to your comments before you post them, that is, if you actually have a thought-process.


judgecritic 2 years, 3 months ago

Here is some thought for you Karl: Judge Ray has very little experience as an attorney litigating cases. The article says he has 20 years litigation experience which is untrue. He was only a practicing attorney for 7 years, then a congressman and then a judge. I have an issue with people being appointed to judgeships without enough experience trying cases. It is a far different perspective sitting on the other side of the bench and there are already far too many judges on the bench who, because of their lack of experience, have no appreciation for how much work goes into litigating, especially at the appellate level. Any judge sitting on the Court of Appeals should have experience writing appellate briefs and arguing in front of the Court of Appeals and I am highly doubful that Judge Ray gained that much experience in his 7 years of practicing. I am worried about this appointment, espeically in light of many recent Court of Appeals rulings that simply defy logic and common sense, not to mention long estatblished law. I hope Judge Ray proves me wrong as we have little choice or control over these appointments, which are life long with potential devastating consequences. I pray that he will keep the people in mind when he is ruling and think long and hard about the impact of the Court's decisions on the little people.


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