Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court will have a new chief justice by Aug. 15, the court announced on Thursday.
Presiding Justice Hugh P. Thompson of Milledgeville was unanimously elected to a four-year term, succeeding Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein. The chief justice presides over all oral arguments and leads meetings in which the court makes decisions. The chief justice also chairs the Georgia Judicial Council, which governs all levels of the state's courts. The chief justice is also the main spokesperson for the court and the entire judiciary.
The court also unanimously elected Justice P. Harris Hines to become the new presiding justice.
Thompson was appointed to the court in 1994 by Gov. Zell Miller. Thompson previously served as president of the statewide Council of Superior Court Judges.
A graduate of the Mercer University Law School, Thompson has received several awards throughout his career, including the Distinguished Achievement Award from Georgia College and State University and the Baldwin County Bar Association.
Hines previously served as Superior Court Judge in Cobb County for more than 12 years when Miller appointed him to the state Supreme Court in 1995.
Hines is an Atlanta native and graduated from Grady High School, Emory University and the Emory University Law School.
Thompson and his wife, Jane, have two grown sons, while Hines and his wife, Helen, have two grown children.
Both justices will be sworn into their new positions in a ceremony in the state Supreme Court courtroom on Aug. 15.