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Council Confirms Nomination for Chief Judge
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Council Confirms Nomination for Chief Judge

South Fulton's city council confirmed the nomination of Fani T. Willis as the new chief municipal court judge on July 23. She'll be named to the position subject to the confirmation of her final salary and contract negotiations. Willis was nominated by Mayor William “Bill” Edwards.  She comes to the city with more than 16 years of progressive experience prosecuting major criminal cases in superior courts.  “This appointment is great for the City of South Fulton as Ms. Willis brings a vast amount of judicial experience and leadership to our municipal court," said Edwards. "Her appointment to serve on the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission exemplifies the type of leadership she brings to our great city." Willis, a resident of the city of South Fulton is excite...
Council to Vote on Appointment of Fani Willis for Municipal Court Judge
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Council to Vote on Appointment of Fani Willis for Municipal Court Judge

Mayor William "Bill" Edwards has appointed Fani T. Willis to serve as the city of South Fulton's new chief municipal court judge. The seat has been vacant since March. Willis earned her bachelor's degree from Howard University and law degree from Emory University School of Law. Over the course of her career of more than 16 years, she's served as Deputy District Attorney for Fulton County, run her own law firm and served as counsel for the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission. During her tenure in the District Attorney's office, Willis increased the conviction rate from 45 percent to 93 percent. Notably, she was the lead counsel in the landmark Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal case. In 2018, Willis ran for Fulton County Superior Court Judge where she lost her bid fo...
City Attorney: Council Will Not Have to Appear in Court
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City Attorney: Council Will Not Have to Appear in Court

Starting yesterday, multiple news outlets reported that a motion of contempt had been filed against South Fulton's city council, and that they'd been ordered to appear in court. The motion was filed by an attorney representing former South Fulton municipal court judge Tiffany Sellers, who was terminated in March. She's since taken legal action against the city. The motion for contempt was based on claims by her attorney that the council had missed a deadline to turn over a document. Tonight, during the council's regular meeting, South Fulton's city attorney Emilia Walker addressed the media reports. She confirmed that a motion for contempt was filed by Sellers' attorney on July 3, but that the city had not been served in that action. Walker also disclosed that a notice of hear...
Judges Pro-Tem Monica Ewing and Stefani Lacour Sworn In
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Judges Pro-Tem Monica Ewing and Stefani Lacour Sworn In

Monica Ewing and Stefani Lacour will both serve as Judge Pro-Tem in the City of South Fulton’s Municipal Court. They were sworn in this week by Mayor William “Bill” Edwards. Monica Ewing has previously served as a magistrate judge in Fulton County and has presided over courts in multiple cities in the region including Fairburn and Hapeville. Ewing is a graduate of Emory University School of Law. She got her start in the office of City of Atlanta Attorney Marva Brooks, and later made a name for herself as an entertainment attorney. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University and is the creator of The Stand Down Court, a program that assists homeless veterans who have outstanding warrants and misdemeanor charges. Stefani Lacour has over two decades ...

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