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Anne Elizabeth Barnes

Anne Elizabeth Barnes

Presiding Judge Anne Elizabeth Barnes won election in 1998 to the Georgia Court of Appeals in a three-way race without a runoff, and took office January 1, 1999. She was the first woman to be elected in a state-wide judicial race without having been first appointed to the bench, and was re-elected, without opposition, to a second term in 2004. She was elected to serve a two year term as Chief Judge from 2006 through 2008. She was elected to a third term in 2010, receiving more votes than any other candidate in the State of Georgia, and was again re-elected in 2016.

A native Georgian, Presiding Judge Barnes grew up in Chamblee and attended DeKalb County public schools. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University in 1979 and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia in 1983 and her Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia in 2004. Currently she is enrolled in the Duke University School of Law Judicial Studies Program.

Presiding Judge Barnes has served on the Judicial Council of Georgia's Standing Committee on Policy and its Budget Committee, the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, and the Domestic Violence Committee of the Judicial Council of Georgia. In 2018 Presiding Judge Barnes was appointed to serve on the Child Support Commission by Governor Nathan Deal. She also chaired the Judicial Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and served on the Supreme Court's Commission on Interpreters.

Presiding Judge Barnes has served on the Board of Directors of Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children since 2011. She has volunteered with the Truancy Intervention Project's Early Intervention Program, working with elementary school children, joined TIP's Board of Directors in 2014, and currently serves on the Advisory Board. She completed a fellowship program with the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center (ASTAR) in 2013, and joined the Board of Directors of the National Courts and Science Institute in 2014.

Presiding Judge Barnes is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta, DeKalb, and Gate City Bar Associations. Presiding Judge Barnes is a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, a Master of the Bleckley Inn of Court, and a member of the National Association of Women Judges, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and the Old Warhorse Lawyers Club. She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

Presiding Judge Barnes has been recognized for her service by the DeKalb Bar Association, the Women in the Profession Committee of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, and Justice Served. In 2012 she received the Romae Turner Powell Judicial Service Award. She has been twice recognized by the Barbados Association of Atlanta, receiving both their Trident and Community Service Awards. Currently she serves as a District Director of the National Association of Women Judges.

Presiding Judge Barnes is married to Dr. Tom Banks, a physicist, and attends St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church.