213 GWinnett CoUnty SUperior CoUrt // jUDICIAL pROfILEs «
during individual voir dire.
10. Court hours/breaks: 8: 45 a.m. (or so) to 5: 30 p.m. (or so).
15-minute breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon; 60-75
minute lunch breaks, depending on counsels’ need for afternoon prep time.
11. Available audio-visual equipment: Standard items. Elmo
must be reserved by prior request (in short supply).
12. Using audio-visual equipment: Allowed and encouraged.
13. Trial exhibits: Judge’s copy appreciated, but not required.
14. Courtroom decorum: Spirited civility appreciated. Counsel
should stand when addressing the court and jury, but voir dire
can be conducted seated, if counsel chooses.
15. Jury charges: Word processor version emailed or delivered
on drive to staff attorney.
16. Pattern charges: Include as part of requested charges.
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury:
a) Criminal: all rulings made before opening statements, so
counsel will know what can be mentioned
b) Civil: same as above.
18. What constitutes good cause for:
a) Granting continuances: Determined as the situation arises.
b) Extending discovery: Determined as the situation arises.
19. Order preparation guidelines: To staff attorney in word
processor format is appreciated
21. Irritating lawyer conduct: Arguing with opposing counsel
22. Other recommendations: Motions in limine must be in
writing and submitted five working days before trial commences.
judge Warren p. Davis
College: New York University, 1981
Law school: Columbia Southern School of Law, 1979
previous Experience: Prior chief magistrate of Gwinnett
County, appointed 1984. As chief magistrate tried numerous
civil and criminal cases in both State and Superior courts.
Private practice with emphasis on family law and civil
policies, procedures and Recommendations:
1. Division Designation: 10
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: Yes, if the case has
counsel on both sides. Deadline order issued early.
3. Require dispute resolution: We encourage ADR in all cases,
but do not mandate it at this time.
4. Telephone conferencing: In appropriate cases if agreed to by
5. Special settings: Rarely, but may. Deadline order schedules
trial months in advance.
6. Attaching supporting authorities: That is more helpful for
oral argument. Prefer electronic courtesy copies.
15. Jury charges: I accept jury charges up to the time of the
charge conference but appreciate it when counsel provides
their anticipated charges at the beginning of the trial.
16. Pattern charges: Yes
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury: criminal: Yes
18. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury: civil: Yes
19. What constitutes good cause for granting continuances:
There are too many to list. The reasons vary depending on the
nature of the case and the conflicts of the lawyers.
20. What constitutes good cause for discovery: This varies from
case to case.
21. Order preparation guidelines: No
22. Suggestions/admonitions for counsel: No
23. Irritating lawyer conduct: Almost all lawyers who appear
before me are well-prepared and courteous. I am seldom irritated by the lawyers who appear before me.
24. Other recommendations: No
judge Karen Elizabeth Beyers
Law school: University of Georgia Law School
judge Thomas Ned Davis
College: University of Georgia,
Law school: University of Georgia
School of Law, 1978
previous Experience: 22 years
active/reserve service as U.S. Navy
JAG; 17 years as assistant D.A. ( 13 as deputy chief assistant).
policies, procedures and Recommendations:
1. Division designation: Division 9
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: Conferences at
either counsel’s request; consolidated pretrial orders required
in all civil cases.
3. Require dispute resolution: Not required, but will order if
counsel agree that it might be beneficial.
4. Telephone conferencing: Always willing
5. Special settings: Granted sparingly on a case-by-case demonstration of need.
6. Attaching supporting authorities: Not required.
7. Letter briefs: If both sides agree.
8. Filings on computer disk: Proposed orders and jury charges
should be emailed to staff attorney firstname.lastname@example.org in word processor format.
9. Voir dire: General voir dire of entire panel; individual in
panels of 12 if counsel wish, but all jurors remain in courtroom