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Superior Court of Fulton Elects Chief Judge | Print |

Judge Gail S. Tusan accepts the highest judicial leadership post in Fulton County  

The Superior Court of Fulton County has elected Deputy Chief Judge Gail S. Tusan as the next Chief Judge.  Judge Tusan, who joined the Superior Court Bench in 1995, will assume her new leadership post with the Court February 1, 2014.  The Chief Judge is a two year elected term, with a two year retention opportunity which allows a total of four years of office. 

The Chief Judge is the lead judicial administrative officer of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit.  It is the responsibility of the Chief Judge to ensure that the third branch of government operates efficiently in Fulton County, while providing equal justice and fairness to those who come before the Court. The Chief Judge also ensures that the administrative tasks of the Court are carried out effectively to include, but are not limited to prompt disposition of cases, resource utilization, and issuance of Administrative Orders to properly direct the Courts’ day-to-day affairs.

As a public servant, committed to the duty of administering justice, protecting the constitution of Georgia and the United States, and maintaining an independent judiciary, Judge Tusan’s priorities as Chief Judge will include increasing accessibility to the Court, improving customer service within the Superior Court, instituting best practices for judicial administration, addressing courthouse infrastructure, and implementation of a mental health summit for the Fulton County Criminal Justice System. Tusan states, “all parties should receive timely resolution of their disputes and judges earn the public’s trust and confidence by being accountable for and committed to equality and fairness for all citizens.”   “For the past eighteen and ½ years, I have proudly served with my Superior Court colleagues and look forward to this new opportunity of service on our collective behalf. As Fulton County becomes increasingly more diverse and today’s economy forces growing numbers of citizens to prosecute their legal claims without legal representation, our judicial system must continue to improve in its accessibility for everyone.  As Chief Judge, I commit to building on our court’s valuable community partnerships, but also to identify new ways to collaborate with Fulton County’s justice partners throughout the state with the goal of delivery of transparency, accountability and best practices.  The Superior Court of Fulton County belongs to the citizens of this great state, and our courthouse doors are open to all.”  

About Judge Tusan 

Judge Tusan has served the public in many judicial capacities beginning in 1984 as a City of Atlanta Administrative Law Judge.  From 1986 to 1990, she served as a Fulton County Magistrate.  Her career led her to the City Court of Atlanta from 1990-1992, and from 1992-1995 she served on the State Court Bench of Fulton County.  Judge Tusan joined the Superior Court Bench in 1995.  While she previously served in the Family Division, hearing domestic litigation cases filed, she currently presides over a general jurisdiction docket.  Judge Tusan received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1978 and completed her Juris Doctor from George Washington University School of Law in 1981.  She is a founding member and second president of the Georgia Association for Black Women Attorneys and past president of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.  An astute legal scholar, Judge Tusan is an adjunct law professor at Emory University and faculty member of the National Judicial College, as well as the past chair of the Judicial Sections of the Atlanta Bar Association and the Gate City Bar Association.   Moreover, Judge Tusan’s commitment to service also extends to her strong spiritual foundation. She is a Deacon and has served First Congregational Church, UCC as its Moderator and Chair of the Building Renovation Committee, as well as past Board Member of the National Council of Christians and Jews. As the President of the Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, former president of the Camp Fire USA, Georgia Council,   past Vice Chair of the Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and board member for the Center for Puppetry Arts and the YWCA of Greater Atlanta,  Judge Tusan’s civic commitment is well demonstrated throughout the county and region. Among other awards, she has received the MLK Center Peace and Justice Award, GABWA’s Leah Ward Sear’s Distinction in the Profession Legacy Award, is a member of the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, and an alumnus of Outstanding Atlantans and Leadership Atlanta.

The Superior Court of Fulton, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, is the largest and busiest trial court in Georgia, serving the county’s almost one million residents, with 20 elected judges.  Jurists for the Superior Court hear administrative appeals, preside over civil, major criminal, domestic relations cases, and exercise exclusive jurisdiction over claims based in equity.


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