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Richmond County State Court judge announces resignation

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The resignation of a Richmond County State Court judge has opened the way for attorneys to seek the governor’s appointment to a judgeship.

Judge Patricia Booker has announced her decision to step down from the bench as of April 1. Booker was last elected in 2020. She was appointed to the bench in July 2007.

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The Judicial Nominating Commission has sent notice to Augusta attorneys that it is accepting applications for Booker’s replacement. Attorneys have until March 28 to apply.

Once the application process has closed, the commission will schedule interviews with prospective candidates and then sentd Gov. Brian Kemp a short list of up to five attorneys deemed qualified or well-qualified for appointment.

Kemp can choose from the list or select another attorney.

Richmond County State Court Solicitor Omeeka Loggins said she will apply for the appointment. Loggins has served as the chief prosecutor for Richmond County Superior Court since 2016.

Kemp’s latest appointments in the Augusta Judicial Circuit have been Jesse Stone and Amanda Heath, both of whom he appointed to the Superior Court bench. Both are up for election this year.

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Attorneys interested in applying for Booker’s position may download applications at jnc.georgia.gov/applications. To reach the commission by email contact the Judicial Nominating Commission, Vincent Russo, at [email protected].

Sandy Hodson is a staff reporter covering courts for The Augusta Press. Reach her at [email protected]. 

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