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Speaking to a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly, Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson delivered his first State of the Judiciary address on February 5, 2014.  “As Georgia continues to grow in population and diversity,” the Chief Justice observed, “access to justice is a challenge requiring the commitment and hard work of us all.”
 
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The 2014 Georgia General Assembly met from January 13 to March 20.  Each year, the AOC monitors legislation affecting the Georgia judiciary.  Below is a sampling of legislation that passed.   The Governor has 40 days to sign or veto legislation.
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One vital component to the judicial system is the certification and licensing of professionals who work in and around the state’s courtrooms.  The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is responsible for certifying and licensing close to 5,000 of those professionals.  
 
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On February 28, 2014, the Judicial Council of Georgia hosted a reception to honor Georgia’s lawyer-legislators.  Held in the appellate rotunda of the State Judicial Building, the event allowed the state’s judiciary leadership to meet legislators and express appreciation to the attorneys who serve in the Georgia General Assembly.  Lawyer-legislators and legislative staff attorneys were invited to the lunchtime meet-and-greet. 
 
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