Amanda H. Mercier
Judge Amanda H. Mercier was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals by Governor Nathan Deal and took office on January 4, 2016. Prior to her appointment to the Court of Appeals, Judge Mercier was appointed to the Superior Court in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit on July 15, 2010 by Governor Sonny Perdue. In 2012, the voters of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit, which includes Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens Counties, elected Judge Mercier to serve a full four year term after an uncontested election.
Judge Mercier was born in Cleveland, Tennessee in 1975. She is the daughter of Tim and Sandra Mercier. Judge Mercier spent her youth on her family's farm, Mercier Orchards, where she worked summers and after school until she graduated from college. It was on her family's farm that she learned the value of hard work. She graduated from Fannin County High School in Blue Ridge, Georgia in 1994. After graduation, she attended the University of Georgia, where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in 1998. She then attended Syracuse University College of Law in New York, where she graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. in 2001. While there, she completed a year long externship in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York. Judge Mercier became a member of the Syracuse Chapter of the Order of the Coif in 2001.
After deciding to return home to Georgia after law school, Judge Mercier returned to her hometown of Blue Ridge, where she began her career in private practice with the Law Office of David E. Ralston. Judge Mercier practiced both criminal and civil litigation from 2001 until her appointment as a Superior Court Judge in 2010. During that time, she was actively involved as a defense attorney in the first accountability court in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. She has served a term as the president of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Bar Association. In addition to her full time private practice, Judge Mercier also was a part time solicitor for Ellijay City Court, and served for a time as a judge pro tem in Ellijay City Court.
Upon being sworn in as a Superior Court Judge, Judge Mercier became actively involved in the many accountability courts in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit, and was the presiding judge of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Mental Health Court. As a member of the Council of Superior Court Judges, she served on the Legislation Committee, Accountability Courts Committee, Pattern Jury Committee, and Uniform Rules Committee.
Judge Mercier was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to two successive terms on the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. In 2014, she was chosen to participate in Leadership Georgia, which Judge Mercier counts as one of the greatest professional experiences of her life. While still in private practice, she was actively involved in her local Chamber of Commerce, and served as chairperson for the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce. She also served as the attorney coach for the Fannin County High School Mock Trial Team for several years.
Judge Mercier has been married to her husband, Joe Foster since 2001, and together they have one child, Alexandria. They reside in Blue Ridge, Georgia and are active members of their community.