Georgia Court of Appeals
The Georgia Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in Georgia. It was established in 1906 and has four divisions with three judges each. According to information provided by the court's official source:
|“||The Court of Appeals has statewide appellate jurisdiction of all cases except those involving constitutional questions, land title disputes, the construction of wills, murder, election contests, habeas corpus, extraordinary remedies, divorce and alimony and cases where original appellate jurisdiction lies with the superior courts. The Court of Appeals may certify legal questions to the Supreme Court.||”|
|Georgia Court of Appeals|
|Method:||Non-partisan election of judges|
There are twelve judges on the court. Judges serve six-year terms beginning the next January 1st after their election. Judges who are appointed to fill vacancies serve "until January 1 of the year following the next general election which is more than six months after such person's appointment." 
|Judge Gary Andrews||1991-2020|
|Presiding Judge Sara Doyle||2009-2020|
|Presiding Judge Herbert Phipps||1999-2018||Gov. Roy Barnes|
|Chief Judge John Ellington||1999-2018||Gov. Roy Barnes|
|Presiding Judge Yvette Miller||1999-2018||Gov. Roy Barnes|
|Presiding Judge Anne Barnes||1999-2016|
|Judge Stephen Dillard||2010-2018||Gov. Sonny Perdue|
|Judge Michael P. Boggs||2011-2018||Gov. Nathan Deal|
|Judge William M. Ray, II||2012-2020||Gov. Nathan Deal|
|Judge Chris McFadden||2011-2016|
|Judge Carla W. McMillian||2013-2020||Gov. Nathan Deal|
|Judge Elizabeth Branch||2012-2020||Gov. Nathan Deal|
At one time, the chief judge was elected by the court and served indefinitely. The position of chief judge is now rotated, usually for a two-year term, on the basis of seniority. By statutory authorization the chief judge appoints a presiding judge for each division of the court.
The Georgia Bar Association first proposed the Court of Appeals in 1895. The association launched a a campaign to secure an intermediate court between trial courts and the Georgia Supreme Court. Eleven years after the first proposal a bill to submit to the electorate an Amendment to the State Constitution creating a Court of Appeals and defining its jurisdiction was approved almost unanimously by the Georgia legislature. The amendment went on to be ratified by the electorate on October 3, 1906. The Supreme Court maintained final appellate jurisdiction in capital felonies, and its precedents were binding to the Court of Appeals, but certain civil cases are given final appellate jurisdiction over certain civil cases.
- Georgia.gov, "Georgia Court of Appeals," accessed May 18, 2014.
- Georgia Court of Appeals, "Roster of judges," accessed May 18, 2014.
- Georgia Court of Appeals, "Official site," accessed May 18, 2014.
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- May vary for chief judge
- Georgia Constitution, "Article VI, Section 7," accessed May 18, 2014. (Courtesy: Judgepedia affiliate Ballotpedia)
- Georgia Court of Appeals, "History," accessed May 18, 2014.
|Unopposed||Judge William M. Ray, II (Ray, II)|
|Unopposed||Judge Carla W. McMillian (McMillian)|
|Unopposed||Judge Sara Doyle (Doyle)|
|Unopposed||Judge Elizabeth Branch (Branch)|
|Unopposed||Judge Gary Andrews (Andrews)|
|Candidate||Incumbency||Primary Vote||Election Vote|
|Michael P. Boggs||Yes||99%|