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decisions and pursue only those claims or positions that truly
have merit. In the long run, you do a disservice to your client
and our profession by pursuing nonmeritorious claims, or
defenses, or discovery positions.
judge Christopher s. Brasher
College: Furman University, 1987
Law school: Georgia State
University College of Law, 1991
Born: July 3, 1965, Memphis, Tenn.
previous Experience: Assistant
district attorney, 1991-95; assistant
attorney general, 1995-2006
judge Thomas R. Campbell
College: University of Georgia,
Law school: University of Georgia
School of Law,1964
Born: April 22, 1940, Atlanta
previous Experience: Private
practice, 1965-2004; judge,
Municipal Court, city of Mountain Park, Fulton and Cherokee
counties,1982-88; judge, Municipal Court, city of Ball Ground,
Cherokee County, 1985-1989; representative, Georgia
House, 1989-2004; judge, Superior Court of Fulton County,
policies, procedures and Recommendations:
1. Division designation: General.
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: Conferences upon
request; pretrial orders due five business days before trial
3. Require dispute resolution: Highly recommended.
4. Telephone conferencing: Upon request.
5. Special settings: Yes.
6. Attaching supporting authorities: Yes.
7. Letter briefs: Yes.
8. Filings on computer disk: Yes.
9. Voir dire: Proposed voir dire questions may be emailed to
staff attorney five business days before trial.
10. Court hours/breaks: 9: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with break for
lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
11. Available audio-visual equipment: Evidence Viewing System, maintained by county IT department.
12. Using audio-visual equipment: Use of county and court-approved equipment permitted.
on the needs of the case. Lawyers are expected to be prompt
in returning to the courtroom and should be prepared to work
through lunch on occasion.
11. Available audio-visual equipment: We have a courtroom
screen, computer hookup, overhead projection, Elmo and
12. Using audio-visual equipment: None. Just let me know
what you want to do and we will try to accommodate. I encourage anything that will make the presentation of evidence
clearer. Please set it up and test it before you have to use it.
13. Trial exhibits: Mark and stipulate exhibits beforehand. I do
not like fumbling around for exhibit stickers in the middle of
a trial. Do not be unreasonable about stipulating admissibility
14. Courtroom decorum: Stand when you address the court.
Be courteous and civil to the court, opposing counsel, all
parties, all witnesses, all jurors, and all court personnel. I will
not tolerate incivility. Turn off all cellphones, pagers or other
noisemaking devices that would disrupt courtroom proceedings. I will fine anyone whose phone (or other) rings in the
15. Jury charges: Yes. But give us the pattern number. There is
no need to set out the charge unless from a case. Also, there is
no need to request the standard charges on credibility, burden
of proof, etc. As stated above, always attach copies of cases
relied upon to the courtesy copy you give to the court. Have
changes ready at the call of the case to trial.
16. Pattern charges: Submit charges via email to Sandra Shin at
least three days before trial and attach a copy of the supporting case or statute. Do not submit redundant, overreaching or
unsupported charges. Look at your case carefully and submit
only applicable charges. You may give the number of the pattern charge.
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury
a) Criminal: Most often, yes. But in some cases I handle non-dispositive motions after the jury is struck.
b) Civil: Yes. But most rulings will be conditional, as the dynamics of the trial may change what is/is not admissible.
18. What constitutes good cause for:
a) Granting continuances: Verifiable incapacitating illness.
b) Extending discovery: Discovery deadlines generally will not
be extended because by the case management order counsel
are allowed to set their own deadlines.
19. Order preparation guidelines: None, except name the order
to reflect the nature of the order.
20. Suggestions/admonitions for counsel: Be on time. Be
courteous. Be prepared. Do not file a motion for summary
judgment unless there are clearly no issues of fact on the legal
issue you are raising. Do not abuse discovery–either you, or
your client, or both will pay for discovery abuses.
21. Irritating lawyer conduct: Being late to court and discourteous. Cellphones ringing. Not calling in to hold for report.
Arguing with the court after a ruling.
22. Other recommendations: Think long and hard about your
case before you present it. Be professional, make the hard