Supreme Court of Georgia (U.S. state)

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This article is about the highest court of the U.S. state of Georgia. For the highest court of the country of Georgia, see Supreme Court of Georgia (country).
Supreme Court of Georgia
Seal of the Supreme Court of Georgia.gif
Established 1841
Country Georgia, United States
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Authorized by Georgia Constitution
Decisions are appealed to Supreme Court of the United States
Chief Justice
Currently Hugh P. Thompson
Since 2013

The Supreme Court of Georgia is the highest judicial authority of the US state of Georgia. The court was established in 1845 as a three-member panel. Since 1896, the justices (increased in number to six, and then to seven in 1945) have been elected by the people, and today those elections are non-partisan. Three of the state's seven sitting Justices were re-elected, all unopposed, in 2012.

The first Chief Justice of the Court was Joseph Henry Lumpkin, who was appointed in 1863. There have been 27 Chief Justices, and the current Chief Justice of the Court is Hugh Thompson.[1]


Name Elected Term expires
Robert Benham 1989 2014
Carol W. Hunstein 1992 2018
Hugh P. Thompson (Chief Justice) 1994 2018
Harris Hines (Presiding Justice) 1995 2014
Harold Melton 2005 2018
David Nahmias 2009 2015
Keith R. Blackwell 2012 2015

Bar admissions[edit]

The Supreme Court of Georgia is unusual among state high courts in that it does not admit new lawyers to the state bar. Instead, new lawyers are admitted to practice by the superior court of a county where they live or wish to practice. The new lawyers must separately seek admission to the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

See also[edit]


Huebner, Timothy. The Southern Judicial Tradition: State Judges and Sectional Distinctiveness, 1790-1890. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1999.

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Coordinates: 33°44′55″N 84°23′21″W / 33.748496°N 84.38913°W / 33.748496; -84.38913