Milledgeville native is new presiding justice for Ga. Supreme Court

Milledgeville native Hugh P. Thompson has been elected to serve as as presiding justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Thompson will assume his new office on July 18, the same day that Carol W. Hunstein resumes as chief justice following the

retirement of the current chief justice, George H. Carley, according to a statement from the court.

The presiding justice traditionally has been the person next in line to become chief justice, although both positions must be elected by a majority of the court. The role of the presiding justice is to take over as chief justice in the event the chief justice is absent or is disqualified

from participating in a case.

Thompson served as a State Court judge in Baldwin County and a Superior Court judge in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, where he served for seven years as chief judge. In 1994, then-Gov. Zell Miller appointed him to the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Thompson and his wife, Jane, have been married 45 years. They have two sons and four grandchildren.