DeKalb Magistrate Court adds five new judges, bringing total to 29 – Decaturish

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DeKalb County, Georgia — DeKalb Chief Magistrate Berryl A. Anderson appointed five new judges to the county magistrate court, increasing the number of judges from 24 to 29.

According Ballot, Georgia’s magistrate courts are limited in scope and do not hold jury trials. Judges handle small claims, misdemeanors, distress warrants, violations of county ordinances, preliminary hearings, and arrest and search warrants.

Adding judges is necessary to clear the backlog of cases created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Anderson said.

“This unprecedented addition of five new judges will further assist the court in continuing to reduce the backlog of cases accumulated during the pandemic,” Anderson said.

The new judges are:

— Mirna Andrews, DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney for 12 years.

—Elizabeth Guerrant, attorney in charge of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society for 16 years

– Tom Kemp, who has 20 years of experience as a DeKalb County prosecutor

— Tamara Williams, lawyer with over 11 years of experience

— Teri Thompson, criminal defense attorney with 23 years of experience

“Each of these newly appointed judges brings to the court the depth of experience and knowledge necessary to ensure justice for the citizens of DeKalb County,” the DeKalb Trial Court press release reads.

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