A new chief justice was sworn in on Tuesday to head Georgia’s highest court.
The honorable Harold Melton was sworn in at a ceremony in the House Chamber at the state capitol in Atlanta. Melton will be the 32nd chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.
The outgoing Chief Justice P. Harris Hines administered the oath of office to Melton.
In April of this year, Melton was unanimously elected as the state’s next chief justice. The job of chief justice heads the state’s judicial branch, presides over oral arguments, and will serve a four-year term.
Melton was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court in 2005 by Governor Sonny Perdue and worked in the state’s attorney general’s prior to being on the court. Melton earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his law degree from the University of Georgia.