The Hows And Whys of Judicial Elections in Georgia—A Citizens’ Primer | The Daily Report

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The Hows And Whys of Judicial Elections in Georgia—A Citizens’ Primer | The Daily Report

One of the Atlanta Bar Association’s stated goals is “To enhance the reputation of lawyers, judges, and the legal system.” Toward that, the Atlanta Bar’s Reputation and the Public Trust Committee identifies public perceptions of lawyers, educates the public and lawyers about our profession, and develops practical programs and remedial measures.

We hope this information about the judicial election process and its transparency will serve ultimately to protect the independence of the judiciary and the public’s trust in its impartiality. We aim to ensure that lawyers and others in the legal profession as well as the general public are fully informed regarding how Georgia’s judges are selected, how their campaigns are funded, the ethical rules that apply to them and their campaigns and the important role each of us plays in the process.

For many people, including lawyers, how judges become and keep their jobs is a mystery.

Are judges elected? Are they appointed? The answer is both.

Are elections partisan or nonpartisan? It depends.

Are judges elected in popular elections or retention elections? That too, depends.

How are judicial elections funded? They are funded like any other election campaign—through donations to campaign funds.

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