207 fUlton CoUnty SUperior CoUrt // jUDICIAL pROfILEs «
demeanor toward opposing counsel, court and staff, witnesses.
judge Wesley B. Tailor
College: University of Richmond,
Law school: University of Kentucky
College of Law, 1999
previous Experience: Prior to
his appointment to the bench in
December 2010 by Gov. Sonny Perdue, Tailor served as general
counsel, director of the elections division, and assistant secretary
of state under Georgia secretaries of state Karen Handel and Brian
Kemp. Prior to that, he served as assistant solicitor-general for the
DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s Office. Tailor began his legal
career as an associate at Troutman Sanders.
policies, procedures and Recommendations:
1. Division Designation: H
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: Yes.
3. Require dispute resolution: Some form of ADR is required in all
cases in which a scheduling order is entered.
4. Telephone conferencing: Yes, as appropriate.
5. Special settings: Not as a general rule however, cases are specially set where appropriate.
6. Attaching supporting authorities: No.
7. Letter briefs: Generally, letter briefs would not be appropriate.
8. Filings on computer disk: Generally, no. The court does not
need or want paper copies either.
9. Voir dire: Generally, voir dire is conducted as follows: The
court asks its statutory qualification questions to the panel as a
whole, plaintiff asks general questions to the panel as a whole,
defendant asks general questions to the panel as a whole, the
court then calls each juror individually, plaintiff asks follow-up
questions to that individual juror, and defendant asks follow-up
questions to that individual juror. This process may be altered by
agreement of counsel with notice to the court prior to trial. Jurors
are seated on the gallery benches in order, usually beginning 1
through 10 on the first row the next row having 11 through 20
etc. Individualized voir dire is permitted.
10. Court hours/breaks: Generally, trial is held from 9 a.m. to 6
p.m. After Daylight Saving Time, trial ends by 5: 30 p.m. There will
usually be a one-hour break for lunch around noon and a short
break of approximately 15 minutes in the morning and another in
11. Available audio-visual equipment: The courtroom is equipped
with evidence presentation technology. See, generally, www.
fultoncourt.org/judge_tailor.php 12. Using audio-visual equip-
ment: The court would prefer litigants use the evidence presenta-
tion technology available in the courtroom, however, litigants are
allowed, with notice to the court, to utilize their own audio-visual
to Fulton County State Court Chief
Judge Charles Carnes; Fulton County
magistrate judge; Fulton County
chief magistrate judge.
policies, procedures and
1. Division designation: A
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial
orders: Usually schedules pretrial
conferences just prior to trial, always
requires consolidate pretrial order
3. Require dispute resolution: Absent a compelling objection,
every case goes to mediation
4. Telephone conferencing: Absent objection, prefers phone
5. Special settings: Granted to every case that requests it, assuming there are times available
6. Attaching supporting authorities: Preferable but not necessary,
Lexis Nexis cite sufficient
7. Letter briefs: Yes
8. Filings on computer disk: Not necessary
9. Voir dire: Court asks few questions, allows attorneys to conduct
voir dire, no overt time limitation but will keep process moving
10. Court hours/breaks: Office hours 8: 30 a.m.- 5 p.m., trials commence at 9: 30 usually and break by 5 p.m. unless circumstances
dictate otherwise, oral arguments and bench trials usually begin
at 10 a.m. or 1: 30 p.m.
11. Available audio-visual equipment: 60-inch TV screen, Blu-Ray
DVD player, drop-down projector screen
12. Using audio-visual equipment: Yes
13. Trial exhibits: Counsel must exchange and discuss prior to trial
14. Courtroom decorum: Respectful but as relaxed as the situation will allow.
15. Do you have special procedures regarding jury charges? Jury
charges are due in hardcopy on the morning of trial. Attorneys
must also e-file them in efile cases and file one hardcopy with
clerk of court in hardcopy cases
16. Do you require submission of requests to charge on issues
governed by a pattern charge: No, strongly prefer to use pattern
charges, strongly prefer that attorneys submit no charges on issues covered by pattern charge
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury a) Criminal:
strongly encouraged b) Civil: Strongly encouraged
18. What constitutes good cause for: a) Granting continuances:
consent agreement, case not going stale, and few to no previous
requests; or medical or other personal emergency
b) Extending discovery: consent agreement, case not going
stale, few to no previous requests; or medical or other personal
19. Order preparations: Proposed orders strongly encouraged,
but not with inflammatory, argumentative language.
20. Suggestions/admonitions for counsel: Be prepared, less is
21. Irritating lawyer conduct: Reading briefs to the court on oral
argument; argumentative, “snippy” unprofessional, uncourteous