JNC recommends candidates for the Georgia Supreme Court

August 1, 2018

The Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted recommendations to fill a vacancy on the Georgia Supreme Court.  The vacancy is being created by the retirement of the Honorable P. Harris Hines.  Governor Deal will fill the vacancy from the recommendations provided.  The Governor’s Office will contact candidates to schedule interviews.


The following names were submitted to Governor Deal:


  • J.P. Boulee – Judge, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit
  • William S. Cowsert – founding partner, Cowsert & Heath, LLP; Senator, Georgia State Senate
  • Melanie B. Cross – Judge, Tifton Judicial Circuit
  • Asha F. Jackson – Judge, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit
  • C. LaTain Kell, Sr. – Judge, Cobb Judicial Circuit
  • Shawn Ellen LaGrua – Judge, Atlanta Judicial Circuit
  • Sarah H. Warren – Georgia Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General of Georgia
  • Andrew (Andy) J. Welch, III – manager, Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLP; Representative, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Paige Reese Whitaker – Judge, Atlanta Judicial Circuit