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This article refers to the highest court of the U.S. state of Georgia; for the highest court of the country of Georgia, see Supreme Court of Georgia (country).
Georgia Supreme Court
Seal of the Supreme Court of Georgia
Established 1841
Jurisdiction Georgia Georgia (U.S. state), United States United States
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Authorized by Georgia Constitution
Decisions are appealed to Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court of Georgia is the highest judicial authority of the U.S. State of Georgia. The court was established in 1845 as a three-member panel. Since 1896, the justices (increased in number to six, and then to seven in 1945) have been elected by the people, and today those elections are non-partisan.

The first Chief Justice of the Court was Joseph Henry Lumpkin, who was appointed in 1863. There have been 27 Chief Justices, and the current Chief Justice of the Court is Carol W. Hunstein. Today, the Chief Justice is elected by his or her fellow justices.



Name Appointed/elected Term expires Appointed by
Robert Benham 1989 2014 Joe Frank Harris (Democrat)
Carol W. Hunstein (chief justice) 1992 2012 Zell Miller (Democrat)
George Carley (presiding justice) 1993 2012 Zell Miller (Democrat)
Hugh P. Thompson 1994 2012 Zell Miller (Democrat)
Harris Hines 1995 2014 Zell Miller (Democrat)
Harold Melton 2005 2012 Sonny Perdue (Republican)
David Nahmias 2009 2015 Sonny Perdue (Republican)

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Coordinates: 33°44′55″N 84°23′21″W / 33.748496°N 84.38913°W / 33.748496; -84.38913



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