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Former state senator appointed to Statewide Business Court bench

Gov. Brian Kemp has named former state Sen. Bill Hamrick to serve as Georgia’s sole Statewide Business Court judge. Hamrick, a Republican from Carrollton, was elected to the state Senate in 2000 and served until 2012, when then-Gov. Nathan Deal appointed him to the Superior Court bench in the Coweta Circuit.

'Having served with Judge Hamrick in the state Senate when I first entered public life, I witnessed firsthand his dedication to the law, to its fair application, and to our state,' Kemp said Wednesday.

“I know he will be a capable and thoughtful presence to oversee the Statewide Business Court, and I am proud to appoint him as only the second judge in state history to hold this position.”

Georgia voters approved creation of the business court in 2018, and it was codified it into state law during the 2019 legislative session. The court provides specialized expertise in the adjudication of complex commercial cases with an eye toward efficiency and responsiveness.

Hamrick succeeds Walter Davis, appointed by Kemp in 2019 as the state’s first business court judge.

This story is available through a news partnership with Capitol Beat News Service, a project of the Georgia Press Educational Foundation.

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