Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Watch the State of the Judiciary LIVE!

Georgia State Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears will highlight the accomplishments of this state’s 1500 judges in her third State of the Judiciary address today. She is expected to note the need for a pay raise for judges. Sears says Georgia's state compensated judges have not received an increase in pay in nearly a decade.

Among those the Chief Justice is expected to recognize during the address are a juvenile court judge and a family whose sons, now 4 and 6, spent time in foster care before they could return safely home. Sears says the family is an example of the challenges and creative solutions Georgia’s judges must craft daily.

The Chief Justice will address a special joint session of the Georgia General Assembly in the Georgia House chamber. Lawmakers' webcast of the event begins at 10:55 AM.

You can watch the address LIVE online at www.gpb.org/stateofthejudiciary.