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3. Require dispute resolution: All family cases that do not
involve domestic violence
4. Telephone conferencing: Yes.
5. Special settings: Yes.
6. Attaching supporting authorities: Yes, for foreign authority.
7. Letter briefs: If requested by court.
8. Filings on computer disk: No. Proposed orders submitted by
email attachment are helpful.
9. Voir dire: General questions submitted to court for use by
court, individual follow-up by attorneys. Jurors seated on
benches for general and seated in jury box for indiviudal.
10. Court hours/breaks: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., 10- to 15-minute morning and afternoon breaks
11. Available audio-visual equipment: AV equipment available
12. Rules for using audio-visual equipment: Prior set-up to
avoid delay of proceedings
13. Rules for trial exhibits: Premarked.
14. Courtroom decorum: Traditional rules.
15. Do you have special procedures regarding jury charges? If
so what are they: Submit nonpattern on disk.
16. Do you require submission of requests to charge on issues
governed by a pattern charge: List of pattern charges.
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury
a) Criminal: Presently assigned to family division.
b) Civil: Yes.
18. What constitutes good cause for:
a) Granting continuances: Unforseeable events.
b) Extending discovery: Specific reasons, rather than generali-ties.
19. Order preparation guidelines: Serve on other side before
tendering to court. Stick to oral pronouncement if one is
20. Suggestions/admonitions for counsel: Err on the side of
21. Irritating lawyer conduct: Rudeness, lack of preparedness,
ex parte communication with my staff.
22. Other recommendations: Please do not send multiple
courtesy copies to staff. Please do not send pleadings over the
fax or other multipage communications.
judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams
College: Howard University
Law school: Notre Dame Law
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury, criminal: Not
18. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury, civil: Not
19. What constitutes good cause for granting continuances:
Emergencies, witness unavailability, priority matter by another
court as required by rules of conflict
20. What constitutes good cause for discovery: Not applicable
21. Order preparation guidelines: Counsel is required to
prepare orders unless certain circumstances or complicated
22. Suggestions/admonitions for counsel: None
23. Irritating lawyer conduct: Interrupting the court or any
other person speaking
24. Other recommendations: None
judge peggy H. Walker
Law school: Georgia State
Fulton County Superior Court
fulton County Justice Center tower
185 Central Ave. S. W.
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
Chief judge Gail s. Tusan
College: University of California at
Los Angeles, 1978
Law school: George Washington
Born: Aug. 3, 1956, Los Angeles
previous Experience: Kilpatrick &
Cody, civil and domestic practice;
large and small firm experience 1995-97
policies, procedures and Recommendations:
1. Division designation: None.
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: Yes, when jury
demands are made