Judge rules Chatham County must pay probate judge’s attorney fees | savannahnow.com

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Judge rules Chatham County must pay probate judge’s attorney fees | savannahnow.com

Chatham County must pay the attorney fees of the county’s probate judge, who is suing the county over his compensation, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

In his quick opinion from the bench, Liberty County Superior Court Judge Charles Rose Jr. said a conflict of interest exists between County Attorney Jon Hart representing both the county and a county officer, Probate Judge Harris Lewis, in the civil case, necessitating outside counsel.

He cited Dougherty County v. Saba, a 2004 Georgia Supreme Court case, in his decision.

“There’s no question that Judge Lewis as a Probate judge is protected under (state code 45-9-21 (e)(2)),” said Rose, who was appointed to the case after local judges recused themselves.

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