Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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May 2, 2011

Pridgen takes state office

Los Angeles — Superior Court Judge John C. Pridgen of the Cordele Judicial Circuit, becomes president of the Council of Superior Court Judges today.

His term of office and those of Council President-Elect Judge David T. Emerson, Douglas Judicial Circuit, Douglasville, and Secretary-Treasurer Judge Michael P. Boggs, Waycross Judicial Circuit, Waycross, run from May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012.

Judge Pridgen has served as a Superior Court judge in the Cordele Circuit since 1999 and as Chief Judge of the circuit since 2005.

He began practicing law with the firm of Davis, Pridgen & Jones in 1976, and  was elected district attorney for the Cordele Judicial Circuit in 1986. He served in that capacity until his appointment to the Superior Court bench by Governor Roy Barnes in 1999.

Previously, Judge Pridgen has served as president of the District Attorneys Association of Georgia and as chairman of the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia. He also has served on the Georgia Supreme Court Technology Commission and several committees of the Council of Superior Court Judges.

Born in Macon, Judge Pridgen grew up in Cordele. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. degree in 1972 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1975.

He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cordele. He and his wife, Jan, have been married for 37 years. They have three children and two grandchildren.

The Council of Superior Court Judges is composed of the State's 205 Superior Court judges and over 70 senior (retired) Superior Court judges. It was established by the General Assembly to further the improvement of the superior courts and the administration of justice in Georgia.

The council seeks to identify and propose solutions to problems common to all judges and has adopted strategic planning to identify and pursue operational goals.

Duties of the council include state superior court judge's budget development and administration; initiating and responding to legislative issues involving the superior court; adoption of uniform court rules; preparation of bench publications, including jury charge instructions and benchbooks; and certificates of continuing judicial education.

The newly elected officers, immediate past president, and administrative judges representing each of the ten judicial administrative districts in Georgia comprise the Council of Superior Court Judges' executive committee, which is authorized to manage the projects and policies of the council. The council's central office is located in Atlanta.


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