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Emerson Named as Senior Judge for State of Georgia

The Honorable David. T. Emerson has been named a Senior Judge following his swearing in by Governor Brian Kemp on January 10.


As a senior judge, Emerson will be permitted to preside over cases in any jurisdiction in Georgia, with the exception of death penalty cases.


Emerson received his B.S. in math from the University of Georgia in 1973 and his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1976. He spent fifteen years in private practice before he was elected to serve as Superior Court Judge in Douglas County in 1990 and served in that capacity until 2021.

In December 2021, Emerson retired from the bench after 31 years.

Under Georgia law, a person who has served at least 10 person on the bench in a superior court and who is no longer a superior court judge may be appointed as a senior judge. Senior judges are called to serve in an emergency, when there is a conflict of interest, or when the volume of cases or other unusual circumstances cause such service to be necessary in order to provide for the speedy and efficient disposition of the business of the circuit.

In addition to his retirement, Emerson will be entitled to an annual salary at a rate of two-thirds of that of when he served as a Superior Court Judge in Douglas County. Emerson earned $179,169.

The judge is admitted to practice law in Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Judge Emerson has also served as the Secretary-treasurer for the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia (2010) and is a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia. He works as a teacher for the Georgia Institute of Continuing Judicial Education and he is a founding member of the Heritage Baptist Church.

Jessica Szilagyi
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Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter:

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