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Georgia Court of Appeals

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The Georgia Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in Georgia. It was established in 1906 and has four divisions with three judges each. According to information provided by the court's official source:

The Court of Appeals has statewide appellate jurisdiction of all cases except those involving constitutional questions, land title disputes, the construction of wills, murder, election contests, habeas corpus, extraordinary remedies, divorce and alimony and cases where original appellate jurisdiction lies with the superior courts. The Court of Appeals may certify legal questions to the Supreme Court.[1][2]
Georgia Court of Appeals
Court information
Judges:   12
Founded:   1906
Salary:   $166,000[3]
Judicial selection
Method:   Nonpartisan election of judges
Term:   6 years


There are twelve judges on the court. Judges serve six-year terms beginning the next January 1st after their election. Judges who are appointed to fill vacancies serve "until January 1 of the year following the next general election which is more than six months after such person's appointment." [4]

JudgeTermAppointed by
Judge Gary Andrews1991-2020
Presiding Judge Sara Doyle2009-2020
Presiding Judge Herbert Phipps1999-2018Gov. Roy Barnes
Chief Judge John Ellington1999-2018Gov. Roy Barnes
Presiding Judge Yvette Miller1999-2018Gov. Roy Barnes
Presiding Judge Anne Barnes1999-2016
Judge Stephen Dillard2010-2018Gov. Sonny Perdue
Judge Michael P. Boggs2011-2018Gov. Nathan Deal
Judge William M. Ray, II2012-2020Gov. Nathan Deal
Judge Chris McFadden2011-2016
Judge Carla W. McMillian2013-2020Gov. Nathan Deal
Judge Elizabeth Branch2012-2020Gov. Nathan Deal

Former judges

Chief judge

Herbert Phipps is the current chief judge.

At one time, the chief judge was elected by the court and served indefinitely. The position of chief judge is now rotated, usually for a two-year term, on the basis of seniority. By statutory authorization the chief judge appoints a presiding judge for each division of the court.[5]


The Georgia Bar Association first proposed the Court of Appeals in 1895. The association launched a campaign to secure an intermediate court between trial courts and the Georgia Supreme Court. Eleven years after the first proposal a bill to submit to the electorate an Amendment to the State Constitution creating a Court of Appeals and defining its jurisdiction was approved almost unanimously by the Georgia legislature. The amendment went on to be ratified by the electorate on October 3, 1906. The Supreme Court maintained final appellate jurisdiction in capital felonies, and its precedents were binding to the Court of Appeals, but certain civil cases are given final appellate jurisdiction over certain civil cases.[5]

See also

External links


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Unopposed  Judge William M. Ray, II (Ray, II)
Unopposed  Judge Carla W. McMillian (McMillian)
Unopposed  Judge Sara Doyle (Doyle)
Unopposed  Judge Elizabeth Branch (Branch)
Unopposed  Judge Gary Andrews (Andrews)


CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
PhippsHerbert Phipps   ApprovedAYes99%   ApprovedA
EllingtonJohn Ellington   ApprovedAYes99%   ApprovedA
BoggsMichael P. Boggs   ApprovedAYes99%   ApprovedA
DillardStephen Dillard   ApprovedAYes99%   ApprovedA
MillerYvette Miller   ApprovedAYes99.7%   ApprovedA