State appeals court, former Gwinnett judge to hold special session

LAWRENCEVILLE — Judge William Ray is coming back to Gwinnett — if only for a day.

The Georgia Court of Appeals will hold a special session at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center next month, hearing oral arguments in three different cases. The March 11 event will mean a homecoming for Ray, a Gwinnett County Superior Court judge for 10 years before being appointed to the state appeals court in 2012.

During the special session, which begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public, Ray will be joined by Presiding Judge Gary B. Andrews and Judge Christopher J. McFadden.

According to a news release, the Court of Appeals of Georgia handles “one of the largest caseloads of any appellate court in the United States,” averaging 300 cases per year, per judge. Ray and his counterparts, three of 12 total judges, represent the court’s second division.