A Gwinnett County Superior Court judge will join the Georgia Supreme Court next week to help hear one of its cases.
The Supreme Court announced Judge George F. Hutchinson III will sit on its bench Monday to hear the appeal filed in the case of Ruth et al v. Cherokee Funding LLC et al. Hutchinson will be serving in Supreme Court Justice Nels S.D. Peterson’s place.
“The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case on May 7 during its 2 P.M. session,” the court said in a statement. “In this case, two people are appealing a Georgia Court of Appeals ruling that the companies that advanced them money so they could bring a lawsuit did not violate laws against high interest loans.
“In addition to hearing arguments, Judge Hutchinson will participate in the Court’s decision.”
The Georgia Supreme Court uses designated judges, such as Hutchinson, whenever a justice has to recuse them self from a case.
Hutchinson has served on the Gwinnett County Superior court bench for five years, having been appointed to that seat in January 2013 by Gov. Nathan Deal.
He received his law degree from Emory University’s School of Law in 1989 and served as an assistant district attorney — first in the Coweta Judicial Circuit and later in the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit — from 1989 to 2004. He then became a full time magistrate judge and served in that role until he became Gwinnett’s Chief Magistrate Judge in 2007.
Over the years. Hutchinson has been a member of the Georgia Magistrate Retirement Board, the Magistrate Court Council of Georgia’s executive committee, chairman of Gwinnett’s Criminal Justice Information Systems program and president of the Lawrenceville Kiwanis Club.
He is also a National Judicial College general jurisdiction class graduate, and has served as a lecturer for the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education.