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Statement from the Court of Appeals

Atlanta, August 24, 2019 – It is with great sadness that the Court of Appeals announces the passing of Judge Stephen S. Goss.

“All of us at the Court of Appeals are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our friend and colleague, Judge Steve Goss,” said Chief Judge Christopher J. McFadden. “He was a soft spoken, unassuming man. The more one got to know him, the more one grew to like and respect him. He was a judge to whom other judges turned for guidance, a nationally recognized expert on accountability courts. On a personal level, I had looked forward to a long and deepening friendship.”

Judge Goss was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Court of Appeals a year ago, and before that he sat as a superior court judge in the Dougherty Judicial Circuit for 19 years. He was a nationally known expert in accountability courts, having founded the first felony mental health court in Georgia and one of the first in the country.

A long-time friend, Judge Amanda Mercier who served with Judge Goss on the Superior Court and the Court of Appeals said, “He was someone I considered a mentor for many years. He exemplified everything an outstanding judge should be. But more importantly, he was one of the kindest, most  thoughtful people I know. He quietly gave so much, and asked for nothing in return.  He will be missed.”

Judge Goss is survived by his beloved wife Dee Goss and their three children Collins, Clark, and Clint. The Court of Appeals expresses its deepest condolences to Judge Goss’ family.