179 DekAlB CoUnty StAte CoUrt // jUDICIAL pROfILEs «
Division, 1995-2000; U.S. Northern District of Georgia U.S.
Attorney’s Office, special assistant U.S. attorney, 1999-August
1999; Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, chief senior
assistant district attorney, 2000-02; Gray, Hedrick & Edenfield,
2002-07; Hedrick Law Firm, partner, 2007-11
judge Dax Eric Lopez
College: Vanderbilt University,1998
Law school: Vanderbilt Law
Born: 1975, Ponce, Puerto Rico
previous Experience: Law clerk
to Federal District Court judge,
complex civil litigation attorney at
Holland & Knight; Ashe Rafuse &
Hill and Foltz Martin
policies, procedures and Recommendations:
Contact judge’s chambers.
judge johnny N. panos
College: Georgia State University,
Law school: Woodrow Wilson
College of Law, 1982
Born: Sept. 11, 1956
previous Experience: Sole
practitioner for 20 years
policies, procedures and
1. Division designation: 4.
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: Yes, on civil cases
that request jury trials.
3. Require dispute resolution: All civil cases.
4. Telephone conferencing: Yes, but in-court proceedings are
5. Special settings: Sometimes, depending on the circumstances.
6. Attaching supporting authorities: Yes. Counsel should attach
copies of such but only to the copy made for the judge’s office
and not for the one to be filed in the clerk’s office.
7. Letter briefs: Yes.
8. Filings on computer disk: No, unless specifically ordered by
9. Voir dire: The jury panel is seated in numerical order in the
spectator section of the courtroom. Juror information from the
questionnaire is provided to the attorneys prior to the start of
voir dire. Thereafter, the court gives general instructions. To
start voir dire, the attorneys ask general questions followed by
individual questions if necessary.
14. Courtroom decorum: Formal. Quiet when court is in session. Counsel should address the court rather than each other.
Stand when addressing the court or questioning witnesses.
Request permission only the first time you wish to approach
a witness; if granted, the permission will continue throughout
that witness testimony. Business attire required for attorneys,
preferred for parties and witnesses.
15. Jury charges: Submit jury charges before trial, in hard copy.
In complex cases a copy on disk is appreciated.
16. Pattern charges: Submit by number only.
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury:
a. Criminal motions: requiring evidentiary hearings should
be heard and disposed of at a criminal motions calendar, on
a date prior to trial. Motions requiring only argument may be
heard the morning of the trial, either before striking a jury or
during a recess.
b. Civil: All motions should be heard and disposed of at a civil
motions calendar, on a date prior to trial.
18. What constitutes good cause for:
a. Granting continuances: Unforeseeable unavailability of
material witness, serious illness of party or counsel, or death of
a family member. Once a case is specially set, the court is not
likely to grant a continuance.
b. Extending discovery: Unforeseeable unavailability of material witness, serious illness of party or counsel, or death of a
family member. Note one extension of discovery will routinely
be granted if all parties consent.
19. Order preparation guidelines: Parties must submit a
consolidated pretrial order conforming with U.S.C.R. Rule 7. 2
covering their portion of the case, and each party bears the
responsibility for ensuring that their portion is consolidated
and filed on time.
20. Suggestions/admonitions for counsel: Be prepared, be on
time, be precise and concise, stipulate when possible, do not
waste time on petty or irrelevant matters.
21. Irritating lawyer conduct: Tardiness, lack of preparation,
understating or overstating the facts of cited cases, continuing
to argue after the court has ruled.
22. Other recommendations: Your word is your bond. Maintain
judge stacey K. Hydrick
College: Emory University, 1989
Law school: Georgia State
University College of Law, 1992
previous Experience: Augusta
Judicial Circuit, assistant district
attorney, 1992-95; Office of Georgia
Attorney General, assistant attorney
general, Special Prosecution