Ex-Ga. Chief Justice Forecasts Legal Trends, Offers Insight Into Appellate Practice

Before former Chief Justice Harold Melton joined the bench, he said “it never occurred to him to ever think about being a Supreme Court justice,” and when the opportunity came up, he told his then-employer and former Gov. Sonny Perdue, “I would do it, [but] I don’t fit the profile.”

But Melton said it’s “hard to turn down a seat at the table,” and once he was sworn in, he served on the bench for 16 years. “It was better than anything I could have ever hoped for or imagined,” Melton said. “Going into this very intimidating environment and being able to develop healthy working relationships [with the other justices] where we’re not only colleagues, but now friends, is more rewarding I can express.”

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