Phipps to be sworn in as new appeals court chief next month
2:15 pm, May 17th, 2013
Herbert Phipps will be sworn in as the next chief judge of the state Court of Appeals next month, the court announced today.
Phipps’ ascension to the position of chief had been expected. The court’s judges select their own chief but follow a tradition of transferring the chief judge spot by seniority. Phipps was next in line after the current chief, John Ellington. A press release issued by the court today said Phipps’ election to the chief post was unanimous.
Governor Roy Barnes appointed Phipps, Ellington and M. Yvette Miller to the appeals court on the same day in 1999, but by random selection, Phipps was deemed to follow the other two in seniority. Phipps previously had been a judge on magistrate, juvenile, state and superior courts in Dougherty County.
Phipps will be sworn into the new position in a ceremony in the Court of Appeals courtroom on June 25 and will officially take over the job on July 1, the court’s release said. Two years ago, Phipps swore in Ellington as chief in an unusually low-key investiture held in the court’s banc room.