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Local judge serves on high court

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

COVINGTON -- Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. served on the Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday at its 10 a.m. session.

Johnson, who has served since 2002 as Superior Court judge for the Alcovy Circuit, was chosen to replace Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias to hear the appeal in Brown et al. v. Pounds et al. and McGinnis et al. v. Pounds et al. The case involves an appeal by the president and directors of the Cobb Electric Membership Corporation

concerning a ruling by the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Johnson, 52, was appointed to the Alcovy Circuit, which includes Newton and Walton counties, by then-Gov. Roy Barnes. Prior to serving on the bench, he was in private practice for 20 years. Monday's session marks the first time Johnson has been designated to serve on the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Johnson is a graduate of Leadership Newton County, Leadership DeKalb County and Leadership Georgia, where he served as the 2010 chairman of the board of trustees of the Leadership Georgia Foundation. He has also served on the board of directors of United Bank, the board of directors for the Washington Street Community Center, the founding board of directors of Newton Mentoring Inc. and the Board of Counselors of Oxford College of Emory University. He is also past president of the Arts Association of Newton County.

He is an active member of Columbia Drive United Methodist Church, where he serves as administrative board chair. He and his wife Michelle have two sons, H. James III, 20, and Bryant, 16.