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able follow-up on the first round if it will expedite the process
for both sides and everyone is agreeable. I try to remain flexible and open to suggestions if case circumstances necessitate
10. Court hours/breaks: We try to begin for counsel by 9 a.m.,
for jurors 9: 30. Again, specifics may necessitate a different
arrangement. We typically will stay until about 5: 30 p.m. at the
latest unless there is agreement by all those involved, including jurors if applicable. I try to take breaks about every 90
minutes, but will wait for a logical stopping point. Breaks are
usually 15 minutes unless there are issues to be taken up. For
bench trials, we begin usually at 9: 30 a.m. or 2 p.m.
11. Available audio-visual equipment: Minimal. Be prepared to
bring your own. If necessary, we may have access to Courtroom M.
12. Using audio-visual equipment: Case-by-case basis.
13. Trial exhibits: Case-by-case basis.
15. Jury charges: I expect them before the close of business on
the business day prior to trial at the absolute latest. Usually we
will set a conference prior to beginning the trial to address any
contested instructions we review before the hearing begins
and again prior to charge. I understand that there may be additions or changes at the close of evidence. If there is a pattern
charge on a matter, please let me know that will be an issue. If
you have a charge that you think is better, I will consider it, but
generally will give pattern charges where they are directly on
16. Pattern charges: During charge conference we will address
all charges including patterns to be given.
18. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury, civil: yes.
19. What constitutes good cause for granting continuances:
Extreme circumstances. Medical emergency, for example.
20. What constitutes good cause for discovery: Consent situations and reasonableness of the number. Cases need to be
21. Order preparation guidelines: Case-by-case basis.
22. Suggestions/admonitions for counsel: Know probate
procedure, time limitations and terminology. Significant negative results can come to parties because their attorneys are
not aware of different requirements under probate law jury
demand, response time, leave of absence requests, etc.
23. Irritating lawyer conduct: Not appearing with clients at
hearings. Disrespect for court personnel and court resources.
I expect all court-appointed counsel to meet personally with
their clients except in the most extreme circumstances.
22. Other recommendations: Stipulate cases to the trial calendar only if ready to proceed to trial.
judge Henry R. Thompson
College: Emory University, 1990
Law school: University of Georgia
School of Law, 1994
previous Experience: Assistant
district attorney, Western Circuit
1995-2000, Cobb Circuit 2000-03;
partner in the Marietta criminal
defense firm of Thompson & Pursley, 2003-06; Senior assistant
district attorney, Cobb Circuit, 2006-13.
Cobb County Probate Court
32 Waddell St.
marietta, Ga. 30090
Chief judge Kelli Wolk
College: Southwest Missouri
State University (Missouri State
Law school: Georgia State
University College of Law, 1999
previous Experience: Law clerk,
Cobb County Probate Court, 1999-
2001; probate litigation attorney.
Moore, Ingram, Johnson & Steele,
2001-08; Cobb County probate judge, Jan. 1, 2009-present.
policies, procedures and Recommendations:
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: Case by case. In jury
trials, yes. In bench trials, if there are issues, definitely.
3. Require dispute resolution: No mandatory requirement in
4. Telephone conferencing: Only in exceptional cases.
5. Special settings: No, most are single setting calendars, but
not usually specially set.
6. Attaching supporting authorities: No, citations are enough.
Trying to save paper and microfilming costs.
7. Letter briefs: If there is an issue to address.
8. Filings on computer disk: Proposed orders are good on disk
or emailed so we can modify appropriately.
9. Voir dire: Jurors are seated in jury box and first two rows of
two sections of seating. I prefer a round of general questions
to be followed by individual follow-up, but will allow reason-