Court of Appeals of Georgia to Hold Oral Arguments in Augusta, Georgia
ATLANTA - At the invitation of Sonja Tate, President of the Augusta Bar Association, The Court of Appeals of Georgia will hold a special session of oral arguments at the Augusta Richmond County Judicial Center and John H. Ruffin Jr., Courthouse, in Courtroom 2E, 735 James Brown Blvd, Augusta, GA on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10:00 am. The Court of Appeals last sat for oral argument in Augusta in 2006. This is the first time oral argument will be held in the Ruffin Courthouse, which is named after a former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. The arguments are open to the public. Presiding Judge Gary B. Andrews, Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard, and Judge Carla Wong McMillian comprise the Third Division, which will hear three civil cases and one criminal case. Judge McMillian was born and raised in Augusta and is the first Asian Pacific American state appellate judge ever to be appointed in the Southeast.
The Court of Appeals handles one of the largest caseloads of any appellate court in the United States. The caseload of the twelve-judge court averages approximately 300 cases per judge per year. The Court sits in panels of three judges, and grants oral arguments in approximately fifty percent of the cases in which oral argument is requested.
The Court of Appeals was established by a State Constitutional Amendment, which was ratified by the citizens of Georgia on October 3, 1906. The Court initially was a three-judge court, whose judges were elected statewide by Georgia citizens, and although the Court is now a twelve-judge court, the judges are still chosen in a statewide election.
For additional information about the Court and its history, visit the Court's website at: www.gaappeals.us.
The following cases will be heard at oral arguments on October 16, 2013:
A13A1737 TARGET CORPORATION v. KENNON AMERSON D/B/A SOUTH COAST BUILDERS ET AL
A13A1738 MICAH S. GREEN ET AL v. KENNON AMERSON D/B/A SOUTH COAST BUILDERS ET AL
A13A2178 KALEB RYAN DEASON v. THE STATE
A13A2183 LEON JONES FEED & GRAIN, INC. v. ALLIED NORTH AMERICA INSURANCE BROKERAGE OF GEORGIA, LLC ET AL.