Tuesday, July 5, 2011
H. Patrick Haggard spent some time with a veteran to get the hang of things first.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Superior Court Judge H. Patrick Haggard, appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to replace new federal judge Steve Jones, is spending what he considers his first official day on the bench Tuesday. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Haggard, who was sworn in three weeks ago to the judgeship overseeing Clarke and Oconee Counties, dipped a toe into the job last month by observing Western Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Lawton Stephens preside over an Athens murder trial. "Nothing really surprised me," Haggard told the newspaper, "but I learned things that were new, things that aren't in the law books."
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Patrick Haggard, appointed to replace new U.S. District Judge Steve Jones on the bench serving Clarke and Oconee counties, says he's "pleased and honored."
Patrick Haggard was riding back from a friend's memorial service in Atlanta on Tuesday when Gov. Nathan Deal called from a train in Europe to tell him he'd been named a superior court judge. “I was very pleased and honored,” said Haggard, 56. “My next thought was, 'I've got to get to work.'” Haggard has served as the Winterville Municipal Court judge since 1992 and was one of three finalists out of 15 applicants to be considered for the position. He is also an attorney at Timmons, Haggard & Carney, a private practice in Athens. He said he plans on spending the next few weeks winding down current files and helping clients transition to other lawyers. Haggard said his experience as judge for the Winterville Municipal Court gave him “a taste …
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Three finalists --including an Oconee County magistrate judge-- await Gov. Deal's decision, which could come later this month.
The Western Judicial Circuit, which consists of Oconee and Athens-Clarke Counties, is one step closer to filling the vacancy left by Judge Steve Jones earlier this year. All that remains: the approval of the governor. Gov. Nathan Deal is slated to interview the three finalists selected by the Judicial Nominating Commission, said Jen Talaber, communications specialist for the Governor's Office. The finalists – Oconee County Chief Magistrate Judge Eric Norris, Winterville Municipal Court Judge H. Patrick Haggard and Athens attorney Phillip Griffeth – were chosen from a pool of 15 applicants, a news release from the Judicial Nominating Commission stated. T.J. BeMent, 10th district court administrator, said the process has been pretty speedy…