|Current Court Information:|
|Georgia Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Joe Frank Harris|
|Chief:||May 2012-July 2012|
|Preceded by:||Leah Ward Sears|
|Past post:||Georgia Court of Appeals|
|Born:||September 24, 1938|
|Bachelors:||University of Georgia, 1960|
|Law School:||University of Georgia School of Law, 1962|
|Military service:||United States Army Reserve 1956-1960|
George H. Carley was the Presiding Justice of the seven member Georgia Supreme Court. In his last two months on the court, from May 29, 2012 through July 31, 2012, Carley also served as the Chief Justice. Serving briefly as Chief Justice made Carley the first judge to serve as the Presiding and Chief Justice of both the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. He retired in July 2012 and Governor Nathan Deal will appoint his successor. He was first nominated to the court in the state's Commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection on March 16, 1993 by Governor Zell Miller. Justice Carley was retained for additional six year terms in 1994, 2000 and 2006. He assumed the position of presiding justice upon the retirement from the court of Leah Ward Sears, whereupon Carol Hunstein became chief justice.
Carley earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 1960 and his LL.B. degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1962.
Following his admission to the bar Carley actively engaged in private practice lawyer until he was appointed to the bench in 1979. In 1966, he served in the Georgia House of Representatives. From 1971-1979, he was a partner in charge of litigation with the firm McCurdy & Candler. He also worked as the attorney for the Housing Authority of Decatur and as a Special Assistant Attorney General handling eminent domain cases for the Department Of Transportation. Governor George D. Busbee appointed Carley to the Georgia Court of Appeals on April 5, 1979, where Carley was retained to a full six-year term in 1980, 1986 and 1992. He served as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals from 1989 to 1990 and as presiding judge from 1991 to 1993. In 1993 he was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court, a position which he still serves.
Awards and Associations
- Member, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
- Member, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society
- Member, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
- Member, State Bar of Georgia
- Member, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta
- Member, Old Warhorse Lawyers Club
- Member, Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court
- Member, Law School's Board of Visitors
- Member, Pythagoras Lodge No. 41, F.&A.M.
- Member, Atlanta Consistory of the Scottish Rite
- Member, Decatur Lodge 1602 B.P.O.E.
- Former Member, Georgia Judicial Council
- Former Member, Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution
- Former Member, Decatur Federal Savings & Loan Association
- Former Member, University of Georgia Law School, Board of Visitors
- Former Member, University of Georgia Law School, Association Council
- Former President, Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court
- Former President, Old Warhorse Lawyers Club
- Former President, University of Georgia Law School Association Council
- Former Chairman, University of Georgia Law School's Board of Visitors
- Former Chairman, Georgia Law Related Education Consortium
- Associate Justice, University of Georgia, Law School Honor Court
- Trustee, Georgia Legal History Foundation, Inc.
- Board of Directors, National High School Mock Trial Championship, Inc.
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2006 General election results
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- Georgia Supreme Court
- News: Georgia Supreme Court to have new Chief Justice for two months, May 30, 2011
- Judge Carley Biography
- Supreme Court of Georgia, Summaries of Opinions, March 20, 2010
- Georgia Supreme Court Blog, "Can’t Afford to Try: Poor Have No Right of Access to Georgia Courts", March 17, 2010
- ABA Journal "Ga. Justice Wanted to Wear Tie to Hospital During Heart Attack", November 24, 2009
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Timing of Justice Carley's retirement will let Deal pick successor," October 4, 2011
- Cherokee Tribune, "Retiring judge to serve on top court," September 8, 2011
- WTOC "Two new justices elected to GA Supreme Court" Jun 12, 2009
|Former||Leah Ward Sears • George Carley • Norman Fletcher • Joseph Henry Lumpkin • Willis Hunt • Joseph Rucker Lamar • Robert Hall •|