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Georgia Chief Justice delivers State of Judiciary address

February 19, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s top judge praised Georgia’s criminal justice and technology reform in his first State of the Judiciary address.

Georgia Chief Justice Harold Melton told state lawmakers Tuesday that the state has set an example through its reduced recidivism rates and prison population.

Melton said new technology simplifies the legal process for many Georgians who cannot afford a lawyer.

Melton said in response to a bill signed last year, courts across the state will have electronic filing by the end of next month. A new online gateway will allow people to file or access documents from anywhere in the state.

Melton succeeded former Chief Justice Harris Hines, who retired in August after more than four decades on the bench. Hines died in a car crash in November.