Judicial COVID-19 Task Force

Task Force Profile


The Judicial COVID-19 Task Force was established May 14, 2020, as an ad hoc committee of the Judicial Council, with the mission of assisting courts in conducting remote proceedings and in restoring more in­-court proceedings, in particular jury trials and grand jury proceedings. The Task Force will include judges from the various classes of court and will obtain input from key stakeholders including the State Bar of Georgia, prosecutors and public defenders, civil plaintiff and defense attorneys, court clerks, sheriffs, and the public.

Task Force Sub-Committees


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  • Judge Ken Hodges - Co-Chair, Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Jimmonique R.S. Rodgers - Co-Chair, Deputy Director - GPDC
  • Judge Kathlene Gosselin, Chief Judge Superior Court Northeastern Judicial Circuit
  • Judge Brendan Murphy, Chief Judge, Cobb County Magistrate Court
  • Judge Norman Cuadra, Suwanee Municipal Court Judge
  • Robert Smith, General Counsel - PAC
  • Don Samuel, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Terry Norris, Executive Director Georgia Sheriffs' Association
  • Sheila Ross, Director of Capital Litigation - PAC
  • Judge Russ McClelland - Chair, Chief Judge, Forsyth County & Council President
  • Judge Walter Davis, Business Court
  • Elizabeth Fite, President-Elect State Bar of Georgia
  • Catherine Vandenberg, Deputy Director - Atlanta Legal Aid
  • Adam Malone, Executive Vice President, GTLA
  • David Nelson, President - GDLA
  • Bill Custer, GA Chamber - Law & Judiciary Committee
  • Judge Shawn LaGrua - Chair, Fulton County Superior Court Judge
  • Judge Melanie Bell, Probate Judge of Newton County, Chief Magistrate, Newton County
  • Chuck Boring, Director - JQC
  • Cindy Mason, Columbia County Clerk of Court, Council President
  • Jimmonique R.S. Rodgers, Deputy Director - GPDC
  • Don Samuel, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Sheila Ross, Director of Capital Litigation - PAC
  • Catherine Vandenberg, Deputy Director Atlanta Legal Aid
  • Judge Melanie Bell - Chair, Probate Judge of Newton County, Chief Magistrate, Newton County
  • Cindy Mason, Columbia County Clerk of Court, Council President
  • Robert Smith, General Counsel - PAC
  • Debra Nesbit, Associate Legislative Director - ACCG
  • Judge Lindsay Burton - Chair, Chief Judge, Hall County Juvenile Court
  • Judge Russ McClelland Chief Judge, Forsyth County & Council President
  • Judge Brendan Murphy, Chief Judge, Cobb County Magistrate Court
  • Judge Norman Cuadra, Suwanee Municipal Court Judge
  • Debra Nesbit, Associate Legislative Director - ACCG
  • Judge Lindsay Burton - Chair, Chief Judge, Hall County Juvenile Court
  • Judge Melanie Bell Probate Judge of Newton County, Chief Magistrate, Newton County
  • Cindy Mason Columbia County Clerk of Court, Council President
  • Jimmonique Rodgers, Deputy Director - GPDC
  • Michelle Barclay, Division Director - AOC
  • Judge Norman Cuadra - Chair, Suwanee Municipal Court Judge
  • Judge Russ McClelland Chief Judge, Forsyth County & Council President
  • Judge Melanie Bell, Probate Judge of Newton County, Chief Magistrate, Newton County
  • Maria Ceballos-Wallis GA/FL CCI, Chair, Spoken Language Interpreter Subcommittee
  • Judge Dax Lopez, State Court, DeKalb County
  • Judge Brendan Murphy, Chief Judge, Cobb County Magistrate Court
  • Paul D Panusky, Esq, SC: L, Chair, Sign Language Interpreter Subcommittee
  • Robin Rooks, Bell Forsyth Circuit Court Administrator
  • Task Force Members


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