The Ninth Judicial Administrative District (JAD) is one of ten such districts created by the Judicial Administration Act of 1976 to provide regional court administration to the superior courts of Georgia (O.C.G.A. §15-5-2). Created along congressional district lines, the JAD's have primarily retained their original boundaries through several congressional district changes.
The Ninth JAD consist of 15 counties divided into seven judicial circuits. The 28 active and 11 senior (retired) judges in the JAD make up the District Council of Superior Court Judges, which governs district court administration. Every two years, the Council elects one of its members as an Administrative Judge, who directs district activities and supervises its staff. Traditionally, the Ninth JAD has elected the next judge most senior in time of service as its Administrative Judge. In addition to duties within the district, the Administrative Judge serves as a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia, as well as the Executive Committee of the Council of Superior Court Judges.
The JAD is staffed by District Court Administrator Steven M. Ferrell and District Office Manager Melissa T. King. The district's Office of Dispute Resolution provides alternative methods of case disposition including mediation, arbitration and case evaluation to courts within the district.
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