The Director began his report by giving an update on the most recent Judicial Emergency Order, and he reported that most things were the same status quo. He stated the Supreme Court is currently exploring how to begin utilizing grand juries again. They may appear virtually. The Director also reported the JQC is continuing to receive complaints about judges not following the current Order, but he said that most of the complaints are not valid.
Chairman Langdale interrupted the Director and stated that he had forgotten to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Judge Colvin moved the minutes be adopted as presented, and Judge Hydrick seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously, and Chairman Langdale turned the meeting back over to the Director.
Mr. Boring then reminded the Panel that the next meeting is scheduled for September 18, 2020, and it is tentatively set to be held at Taylor English. He also asked that the Panel discuss whether the Hearing Panel should be invited to the September meeting. If so, then he felt they should discuss the formal advisory project and proposed amendments to the JQC Rules. He also suggested the Panel should consider making a list of the Rules that may need amending. He then asked the Panel for their input.
The Panel then discussed. Judge Hydrick stated it was a good idea to invite the Hearing Panel to the September meeting. Judge Colvin said she knew the Panel had people to see in September, so she was not sure about inviting the Hearing Panel at that time. She also felt that the Panel needed to be cognizant of the time. Mr. Selby asked what would be discussed with the Hearing Panel that was not addressed in the previous meeting.
Mr. Boring said he wanted to speak to the Hearing Panel about proposed amendments to the Rules and procedures that are problematic. The Director added that inviting the Hearing Panel could be delayed until the October meeting since we were planning for a judge to appear at the September meeting.
Chairman Langdale said he felt the Panel should delay inviting the Hearing Panel because meeting with a judge and the Hearing Panel could potentially eat up a lot of time. He added the Hearing Panel should be invited to attend a meeting when judges would not be appearing.
Mr. Selby asked if it was possible to schedule a separate meeting with the Hearing Panel in September.
The Director volunteered to send an email out to the Hearing Panel members to find out their availability for a separate meeting in September.
The Director then moved to discussion of the creation of a list for conflicts and recusals. He stated Ms. Motes has been working on the project, and the list would aid the Investigative Panel in being aware of attorney/complainants that may come before the judicial members and attorney members who have cases before judges who have pending complaints.
The Director then updated the Panel on the search for a legal intern. He stated that recently got Dean Rutledge’s number from Pope, but Dean Rutledge has been very busy with the start of school. The Director and Deputy Director have settled on a stipend for two interns to work on the project with Judge McBurney. The Director is waiting for Dean Rutledge’s return call so that he can coordinate with Judge McBurney.
Judge Hydrick asked if Dean Rutledge was at Georgia.
The Director stated that he was at Georgia.
Judge Hydrick then asked what about Georgia State9 She said they want to do something with the JQC too.
Mr. Boring then announced that a legal intern has been hired from Georgia State. She will work between 10-20 hours per week. and she will be paid a stipend for the semester.
Mr. Barr asked if the legal intern would be s1gn111g a Confidentiality Agreement. Mr. Boring said she would.
Mr. Boring then directed the Panel’s attention to the July Financial Report located on Box. He added that most of the financial expenses of the move came out of the 2020 budget, so he feels the JQC is in good shape.
The Director then moved to informational items. He stated the staff has begun the migration process with Clio, and that it would take approximately a week.
The Director then stated that was all he had for the open meeting.
Chairman Langdale asked if anyone had any other business they would like to discuss. He stated he would entertain a motion to close the meeting.
Mr. Barr then asked if Ms. Motes could include language in the minutes that the Rule 29 Committee would continue through the general election.
Chairman Langdale agreed to include the requested language. He also thanked the Rule 29 Committee for their hard work.
Mr. Selby then asked the Chairman if the Panel could confirm the remaining dates on the calendar through the end of the year as he may have a conflict. Chairman Langdale agreed to do so. Mr. Selby then listed each of the remaining meeting dates on his calendar which Chairman Langdale confirmed.
The Panel then began a discussion regarding the December meeting. It was decided that a decision would be made about holding a December meeting in November.
Mr. Selby thanked Chairman Langdale for the clarification of meeting dates.
There being no further old or new business for discussion, the Open Meeting was adjourned.