|Holmes says Pledge of Allegiance before being sworn in as chief magistrate judge.|
But more importantly, Joyette M. Holmes brings hope to citizens that a magistrate judge can uphold the law while still being compassionate in administering justice.
According to Georgia's court system, chief magistrate judges manage "county courts that issue warrants, hear minor criminal offenses and civil claims involving amounts of $15,000 or less.
|The courtroom was standing room only for the swearing in ceremony.|
"No jury trials are held in magistrate court; civil cases are often argued by the parties themselves, rather than by attorneys." http://www.georgiacourts.org/aoc/selfhelp/court_diagram.html
Holmes, a Valdosta, Ga. native, is now Judge Holmes. "I grew up shy," she said, but later studied psychology, criminal justice, and law. Holmes identifies with the biblical Gideon in Judges 6 who was a hero of faith.
|Some noted that all the portraits on the courtroom walls were White men which will be changed with Holmes' appointment.|
She's a sorority woman who is qualified, poised, tall, thin, nervous, stubborn, confident, excited, compassionate, good tempered, and gracious. She's got it all: a loving husband, two healthy girls, a good paying job, and a community network wishing her well. She claims that with the help of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she was able to shine.
|Rev. Howard Holmes said he was in a different seat in the courtroom.|
|Holmes said her family, colleagues, and network of friends helped her, and she loves them.|
|Reynolds got to know and respect Holmes on the campaign trail in 2012.|
Holmes was appointed after Chief Magistrate Frank Cox resigned citing health reasons, but he had complaints against him for abusing attorneys, defendants, and witnesses. Holmes will have to win a race in 2016 to stay in office.
|Outside proceeding, Attorney Phaedra C. Parks (l) posed with President of the State Bar, |
Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker, who is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Note: Although there are several Black female judges in Cobb, there are no Black male judges. Attorney Nathan Wade has run several times, but he has not been elected.