Superior Court Judge Fletcher Sams appointed to state’s Judicial Council


Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge W. Fletcher Sams has been selected to serve as administrative judge for the Sixth Judicial District of Georgia.

Sams, who was sworn in July 6, is the Griffin Judicial Circuit’s first representation on Georgia’s Judicial Council in more than 20 years.

He will continue to serve as a Superior Court judge while also now having a voice in statewide judicial policies and decisions.

“I am extremely honored and humbled by the faith placed in me by the distinguished judges of this diverse District, especially in light of our current judicial emergency,” Sams said. “I am thrilled to be in a position to provide additional service to the citizens of our District and State in advising and voting on statewide policy. I sincerely solicit everyone’s prayers for the Judicial Council members and for myself that we may serve with wisdom and common sense.”

The selection of Sams drew praise throughout the circuit.

The Honorable Christopher C. Edwards, Chief Judge of the Griffin Circuit, said, “We all heartily congratulate our friend Judge Sams on distinguishing the Griffin Circuit judiciary with his election by the judges of five judicial circuits to the Judicial Council of Georgia, established by law to make important decisions on the operation of all Georgia’s courts. We know Judge Sams will serve with his characteristic wisdom and distinction in guiding us through this most challenging of times for courts.”

“For years I have known that we have something very special in Judge Sams,” said fellow Superior Court Judge Scott Ballard. “It will be fun to watch as the entire state begins to benefit, as we have locally for decades, from his insight and leadership.”

Spalding County Clerk of Superior Court Debbie Brooks said, “The selection of Judge Sams for Administrative Judge of the Sixth District is an excellent choice. His hard work, honesty and dedication has been vital to the Griffin Judicial Circuit. It is a success that is well deserved.”

Superior Court Judge Ben Miller agreed.

“I cannot think of a better time to have Judge Fletcher Sams as our representative on the statewide Judicial Council, as well as our Sixth District Administrative Judge. His thoughtful, common-sense approach to the law will be an asset to help guide all of Georgia’s courts,” Miller said.

“I join my fellow colleagues in congratulating Judge Fletcher Sams on his election to the Statewide Judicial Council and as Chief Administrative Judge for the Sixth Judicial District. His experience and knowledge will certainly be an asset for all of Georgia’s courts,” Superior Court Judge Ben Coker said.

Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore offered Sams his congratulations, saying, “What a great honor. I’m happy for Judge Sams. I’ve known him in the capacities of employer, friend and Superior Court Judge for more than thirty years. I’m confident that his integrity and intellect will serve the Sixth District well. He is an exceptional judge and an honorable man. His work ethic is to be commended. This is a most well-deserved honor.”

Fayette County Clerk of Superior Court Sheila Studdard added, “Judge Fletcher Sams is the perfect individual to represent the Sixth District. He is the embodiment of hard work, fairness and integrity. During this very difficult time, I am comforted by knowing Judge Sams is at the collective helm of Georgia’s judiciary. His experience and wisdom will be applied to many decisions that ultimately affect all of our tomorrows for the better. Thank you Judge Sams for your dedication and service.”

“What an honor to be selected to such an important position,” Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas said. “Congratulations, Judge Sams.”

Finally, Teresa Harper, Upson County Clerk of Superior Court, summed it up.

“I have had the pleasure to work with Judge Sams since 2010. Judge Sams defines what it means to be a judge. He is wise, humble and fair. He sets the bar high and encourages us to all be the best we can be at our professions with integrity and respect,” Harper said. “We are all so proud that he has been chosen to represent our circuit as Administrative Judge for the Sixth District.”

The Sixth Judicial District is comprised of fourteen counties that include the four counties of the Griffin Circuit, Fayette, Spalding, Pike and Upson counties.

Sams was selected to serve by the 32 superior court and senior judges of the District.

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  1. Laura Nobles says:

    Isn’t this the sam judge that has ties with Zsi probation office financially and there was an issue with conflict of interest a few years back? If so what happened with that issue? Do we really need someone so bought into the judicial system in Spalding county? Just curious?

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