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Randy Rich appointed Gwinnett Superior Court judge

Randy Rich was named to the Superior Court bench, replacing Michael Clark, who retired to return to private practice.

Randy Rich was named to the Superior Court bench, replacing Michael Clark, who retired to return to private practice.

Judge Randy Rich will take a new position as Gwinnett Superior Court Judge after being appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the role this week.

Rich, a lifelong county resident and graduate of South Gwinnett High School, was elected to the State Court bench in 2004. He initiated the one day-one trial jury service option for Gwinnett residents, and started a business court to expedite business disputes filed in Gwinnett.

At the courthouse, Rich is known for his use of technology in courts, becoming the first local judge to use PowerPoint jury instructions and to regularly use video conference with the county jail to avoid transporting inmates to and from the courthouse, a press release said.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Rich, who lives in Snellville with his wife Bonnie and two children. “The caseload in Superior Court will be demanding, and I look forward to getting started.”

On the Superior Court bench, Rich replaces Michael C. Clark, who retired to return to private practice.

Gwinnett court officials said the governor must appoint a new judge to replace Rich on the State Court, although there is no immediate indication of how the process will proceed.