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Chief Judge Christopher T. Portis Creates Improvement Task Force

The Municipal Court of Atlanta Improvement Task Force will study the Court and recommend meaningful reforms to the Court’s operational procedures.

Post Date:05/11/2018 9:46 AM

Municipal Court of Atlanta Office of Communications
150 Garnett St SW • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Tialer Maxwell, Municipal Courts Communications Director
404-954-6704, office
404-719-7109, cell
tmaxwell@atlantaga.gov

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2018

 News Release

Chief Judge Christopher T. Portis Creates Improvement Task Force

The Municipal Court of Atlanta Improvement Task Force will study the Court and recommend meaningful reforms to the Court’s operational procedures.

ATLANTA – By Administrative Standing Order, Chief Judge Portis of the Municipal Court of Atlanta announced today, the formation of a new improvement task force to develop a comprehensive Report and Recommendation for the Court. “The Task Force is a great opportunity to get feedback and ideas on how the Court can better serve Atlanta moving forward in the 21st century, said Chief Judge Portis. The Task Force will help shape the Court’s future, its commitment to justice, and quality of service.” The Task Force has been commissioned for a twelve month term, at the conclusion of which it will issue its Final Report and Recommendations to Chief Judge Portis and the Court.  

A key part of the Task Force’s purpose will be recommending best practices and updated operational models, in an effort to further promote access to justice and ensure public safety. Accountability and transparency are driving factors behind the need for the Task Force, including updating policies and procedures that drive the Court’s day to day operations.  Despite being one of the busiest Court’s in the region by volume of new cases daily, there remains the need to ensure operational policies remain current and that the justice system is responsive to the community it serves. 

The Task Force will consist of legal experts familiar with practice before the Municipal Court of Atlanta, City Council members, a representative from the Mayor’s Office, court operations professionals, and the business community:

·         Mr. George Lawson, Esq., Lawson & Thornton PC

·         Mr. Steven Weiner, Esq., Weiner Law Group

·         Mr. Michael Miller, Esq., Law Office of Michael N. Miller PC

·         Ms. Rashida Davis, Deputy Court Administrator, Municipal Court of Atlanta

·         Mr. Keith Gammage, Fulton County Solicitor General

·         Mr. James Rodatus, Esq., Administrative Office of Courts – Policy Analyst

·         Ms. Kyra Dixon, Deputy Chief Clerk of Court – Municipal Court of Atlanta

·         Mr. Raines Carter, Solicitor – City of Atlanta

·         Mr. Kenneth Days, Public Defender – City of Atlanta

·         Mr. Dustin Hillis, Atlanta City Council District 9

·         Ms. Andrea Boone, Atlanta City Council District 10

·         Mr. Andre Dickens, Atlanta City Council Post 3 At Large

·         Ms. Shani Godwin, President/CEO, Communique-USA, Inc.

·         Chief Patrick Labat, City of Atlanta Department of Corrections

·         Hon. Christopher T. Portis, Chief Judge Municipal Court of Atlanta

 

The Chief’s Task Force will work in tandem with Court staff and City partners to develop recommendations. Technical working groups will also be formed to support the Task Force on specific topics including the challenges facing the Court, our community and its citizens.

While the Court will continue to implement current working processes and initiatives, the Task Force will tackle innovative ways to solve the difficult topics the Court is facing today and in the future. 

For more information and updates on Court operations please visit court.atlantaga.gov or follow our social media platforms, Instagram: @AtlantaMunicipalCourt and Twitter: @ATLCourt.

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