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Millender chosen to participate in Leadership Atlanta Class of 2017

Judge Shukura Millender was chosen to participate in the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2017.  The class boasts 83 leaders from local fields such as education, law, corporate, religious, nonprofit, technology, health care and government.  Alumni include Judges Lillian Caudle and Chief Magistrate Cassandra Kirk.

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Treatment Diversion Court SUCCESS

Fulton County Magistrate Court's Treatment Diversion Court ("TDC") is an accountability court that serves misdemeanor defendants who need mental health services. Depending on the nature of the offense, TDC defendants are monitored for three to six months to ensure they are compliant with all aspects of their treatment plan and do not reoffend. A new graduate of the TDC program recently wrote to the TDC Presiding Judge,  Judge Lillian Caudle, about her experience. Her touching letter (with personal identifying information excerpted) is below:

"I take great pleasure in writing this letter and please accept this letter with my sincere gratitude. . . Judge Caudle, you have such a calm and caring demeanor. During the entire process, you treated me with Dignity and Respect! Having the TDC program available has changed my family’s life and mine forever. When I informed you that I was uninsured, you reassured me that I would receive the necessary support services to make my treatment a success regardless of my inability to pay. With a TDC referral, it eliminates the long waits for an appointment to see a Psychiatrist. What I appreciated the most in your Court was 'Accountability.' You not only held me accountable, but the team you assigned to me. During my 90 days in TDC, I received expedited mental health treatment, medication management, permanent housing, and other support services at no cost to me. Without mental health treatment, there is absolutely no way I would have been a success in the TDC program. Before TDC, I was unable to work for 7 years, but now I am employed earning $26.00 per hour with benefits. Judge Caudle, you gave me hope and I honestly believe that your guidance has resulted with a positive outcome for my family and me."

Altman Wins Award from Magistrate Council

Altman Award

The Council of Magistrate Court Judges gives annual awards for service excellence. This year’s recipient of the ‘Workhorse of the Year’ award is one of our own, Judge James Altman. Judge Altman, serves as one of the two District Representatives to the Executive Committee, Chair of the Uniform Rules Committee and Council Representative to the Judicial Council Standing Committee on Technology. Last year, the Federal Court for the Northern District of Georgia declared the Georgia law on garnishments unconstitutional. Judge Altman was the Magistrate Chair of a joint State and Magistrate Court Committee to recommend changes to bring the law back into constitutional compliance. These recommendations became the basis of a completely re-written garnishment law passed in this year’s legislative session and signed by Governor Deal on April 12, 2016.


Ward Participates in Journey to Judge

On April 23, 2016, Judge Meka B. Ward participated in Journey to Judge –a program designed to expose and encourage young women and men to pursue careers in the legal profession. Judge Ward, along with other members of the Judicial Section of the Gate City Bar Association, shared their journeys to the bench with youth from the Christian Rites of Passage “CRoP” Ministry of Cascade United Methodist Church.


Fulton Clerk of Superior Court to Serve as Clerk of Magistrate Court

The People’s Court Joins with the People’s Clerk

On December 29, 2015, Chief Magistrate Judge Cassandra Kirk joined Clerk of Superior Court Cathelene “Tina” Robinson (Atlanta Judicial Circuit) at a press conference to announce a new court merger effective in January 2016.   Cathelene “Tina” Robinson will become the Fulton County Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Courts. This merger is a part of a larger vision to initiate a unified court system. The press conference was one of the ways the Courts announced the new decision. Notices will also be placed in mailings to remind customers of the change. 

Clerk Cathelene “Tina” Robinson announced the details surrounding the new court merger. Court users will not experience any change in services and will continue to use TG-100 at the 185 Central Avenue location and the Superior Court Clerk windows at the North and South Annexes for Magistrate Court clerk transactions. The Clerk looks forward to implementing e-filing successfully in Magistrate Court as she has in Superior Court.

Chief Magistrate Judge Cassandra Kirk is confident that a more transparent, accountable and efficient Court will yield positive results for citizens. As she stated, “Fulton County is one county and this unification will prove beneficial for the County, citizens and court users.”


Magistrate Judges Elected to Leadership Positions in the Gate City Bar Association Judicial Section

Judges Warren Atkinson (Vice Chair/Chair Elect), Melynee Leftridge (Secretary) and Shukura Millender (Member-at-Large) were elected to serve the Judicial Section of the Gate City Bar Association in December 2015.  All, along with other members of the Executive Board, were installed on January 19, 2016. Please visit the associated page for more information and pictures:

Bar Associations celebrate Lall

On July 29, 2015, GAPABA , SABA-GA and the North Fulton Bar Association  hosted a reception for Judge Jessy Lall at Morris Manning Martin. After nine (9) years as a part-time magistrate with Fulton County, Judge Lall was appointed to a full time position in May 2015.  Family, friends and former colleagues from the Office of State Administrative Hearings, joined the members of Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia  and the North Fulton Bar Association in celebrating her success.

Full photo gallery provided HERE  by GAPABA with their consent.

Magistrates participate in Yo!Boulevard Back to School event

Fulton County Commisisoner Joan Garner and City of Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall hosted their annual back to school party. Over 1,300 Boulevard corridor residents attended the  #YearofBoulevard Back-to-School Block Party! Fulton County Magistrate Court joined Fulton County Superior Court as one of 70+ organizations that came out to connect Old Fourth Ward kids, families, and seniors to city and county agencies and nonprofit services.


Magistrate Investiture May 15, 2015

After an interview and selection process, eight (8) Fulton County magistrates were sworn in to begin their official full time duties on May 15, 2015. Joining Chief Magistrate Judge Kirk are Magistrate Judges Warren Atkinson, Lillian Nash Caudle, Stephanie C. Davis, Jeffrey W. Frazier, Jaslovelin J. Lall, Melynee Leftridge, Shukura Ingram Millender and Karen Smith Woodson.

Chief Magistrate reshapes newly independent Court

Lall and Altman serve on the Council of Magistrate Court Judges

Judges Jim Altman and Jessy Lall represent Fulton County on the Council of Magistrate Court Judges on its Executive Committee. Judge Altman also serves as Chair of the Uniform Rules Committee and as a member of the Legislation and Benchbook committees. Judge Lall is a member of Strategic Planning, Training, Benchbook, and Nominations/Awards Committees. The Council of Magistrate Court Judges was created by statute to effectuate the constitutional and statutory responsibilities conferred upon it by law, to: further the improvement of the magistrate courts and the administration of justice; assist the chief magistrates, magistrates, and senior magistrates throughout the state in the execution of their duties; and to promote and assist in the training of chief magistrates, magistrates, and senior magistrates. Visit the Georgia Magistrate Council website for more information.

Leftridge serves the Judicial Section of the Atlanta Bar Association

Judge Melynee Leftridge serves on the Board of Directors of the Judicial Section of the Atlanta Bar Association as a Member-at-Large. Formed in 1990 - 1991 by Hon. Edward H. Johnson, the Judicial Section provides various programs and benefits for its members. The Section's goal is to assist judges in the performance of their judicial responsibilities to the end that the people of Georgia are better served through their judicial branch of government. For more information on the Atlanta Bar Association, visit their website at