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J.D. Smith

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J.D. Smith
July 16, 1946
Former Georgia Court of Appeals Judge
Assumed office
May 10, 1993
Term ended
December 31, 2012
Superior Court Judge of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit
Dates of service

J.D. Smith was a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals. He was appointed by Governor Miller, effective on May 10, 1993. He served as Chief Judge from January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2004.[1] He was retained by voters in 1994, 2000 and 2006.[2][3] His previous term would have ended on December 31, 2012, but he retired from the court on December 31, 2011.[4][5]


J.D. Smith was born on July 16, 1946. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1968 with a degree in economics. He went on to receive his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1972. In 1977, he received a Master of Laws in Taxation degree from the Emory University School of Law. In 1998, he earned his LL.M. (master of laws) degree in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is married and has two adult children.[1]


J.D. Smith began his legal career practicing law in Gainesville, Florida. He did this for over 12 years. In 1984, he was elected to the Superior Court of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit and he took office on January 1, 1985. He served as Chief Judge on the court before becoming an appellate judge.[1]

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