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9. Voir dire: I start with general questions to the entire panel,
then move to individual jurors in panels of 12.
10. Court hours/breaks: Generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
11. Available audio-visual equipment: Yes. Have a large-screen
TV with audio/visual/hdmi hookups from counsel table.
We also have an evidence presentation system that can be
reserved through our court administrator’s office that can be
used from counsel table.
13. Trial exhibits: Please mark in advance
16. Pattern charges: No. Just a reference to the number as
contained in the pattern charge book.
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury, criminal: yes
18. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury, civil: yes
21. Order preparation guidelines: I prefer them sent to me
electronically, in Word or WP.
judge Ronnie K. Batchelor
College: Georgia State University
Law school: Atlanta Law School
Born: May 25, 1949
previous Experience: Full-time
Gwinnett magistrate judge, 2002-
04; superior court judge since
policies, procedures and Recommendations:
1. Division designation: 06
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: No
3. Require dispute resolution: Parties are encouraged to pursue alternate dispute resolution but are not required to do so.
4. Telephone conferencing: yes
5. Special settings: yes
6. Attaching supporting authorities: yes
7. Letter briefs: yes
8. Filings on computer disk: yes
9. Voir dire: I always permit individualized voir dire. The jurors
are seated in the courtroom for general questions. The jurors
are then placed in the jury box for individual questions.
10. Court hours/breaks: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but that varies to
accommodate counsel and witnesses. Breaks are 1 hour for
lunch and 20 minutes when needed.
11. Available audio-visual equipment: Audio, visual, overhead
projection and others.
12. Using audio-visual equipment: None
13. Trial exhibits: They should be marked by the court reporter
for identification and a copy provided to the opposing counsel.
14. Courtroom decorum: I encourage the attorneys to conduct
themselves in a professional manner and to treat the court
and opposing counsel in a respectful manner.
Law school: Washington & Lee University School of Law
previous Experience: Juvenile experience includes service
as a prosecutor, juvenile defense attorney, attorney for
the Department of Family and Children Services and as a
supervising child attorney. As an associate judge, in addition
to her regular court calendar, Judge Kirk spearheaded
the establishment of Choices, Fulton County’s juvenile
accountability court focusing on substance-abusing youth.
presiding judge Willie j. Lovett
Law school: Harvard Law
presiding judge juliette Wiltshire scales
Law school: American University in Washington, D.C.
Gwinnett County Superior Court
Gwinnett County Justice and Administration
75 langley Drive
lawrenceville, Ga. 30046
Chief judge Melodie snell Conner
College: Mercer University in
Law school: University of Georgia
Law School, 1986
previous Experience: Private
practice, 1986-93; magistrate judge,
1993; state court judge, 1993-1998
policies, procedures and
1. Division Designation: 7
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: Pre-trial orders in
civil jury cases.
3. Require dispute resolution: Domestic.
5. Special settings: Not normally.
6. Attaching supporting authorities: No.
7. Letter briefs: In some cases.
8. Filings on computer disk: Yes for proposed orders after con-