SPECIAL FOR THE AJT //
The Council of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia recently awarded Judge Gary Jackson, a native of Atlanta and member of Congregation Ahavath Achim, the President’s Award for outstanding service to the council and “Going beyond the call of duty.”
Jackson, a 5th District Representative to the Council of Municipal Court Judges, co-chairs its legislative committee.
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He was recognized for his work in helping to pass several bills through the General Assembly and his participation as a seminar speaker for the Institute of Judicial Education (ICJE) at this years’ annual training session at Jekyll Island.
His lecture on “Sovereign Citizens” will be presented again this October for other municipal court judges and also to members of the Council of State Court Judges in Athens, Ga.
Jackson is an Associate Judge of the Atlanta Municipal Court. He was first appointed to the City Court of Atlanta in 2000, and later to the Municipal Court by Mayor Shirley Franklin in 2005.
Jackson graduated from Northside High School (now North Atlanta) in 1968, received a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1972, and graduated cumlaude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1979, where he was a senior editor on the Georgia Law Review.
Jackson was an Assistant Legislative Counsel to the General Assembly of Georgia in 1975-76 and opened his private law practice in 1977. He returned to the General Assembly to serve as legal aid to Lt. Governor Zell Miller in 1978-79, and continued practicing law (concentrating in commercial collection matters) for over 25 years.
In 1984, Jackson was appointed by Mayor Andrew Young as a hearing officer for the Atlanta Bureau of Taxi Cabs and Vehicles for hire and later by Fulton State Court Chief Judge Charles Carnes as a pro hac Magistrate in Fulton County.
In 1988, Jackson was appointed as a pro hac judge to the City Court of Atlanta and in 1995 as a pro hac judge in the Municipal Court of Atlanta.
Jackson became a full-time judge in the City Court of Atlanta in 2000 and on June 30, 2005, was appointed by Franklin as a judge in the Municipal Court of Atlanta.
Jackson has been a featured lecturer for the Atlanta Bar Association, Institute of Continued Legal Education, Institute of Judicial Education, and National Business Institute.
He hosted the “Legal Action with Gary Jackson” program on WSB radio for eight years and was the founder of the Gate City B’nai B’rith “Pinch Hitter Project”, the recipient of President George H. Bush’s 335th Point of Light Award.