Troup County probate judge completes statewide certification program

Published 6:51 pm Friday, May 15, 2020

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Troup County Judge Debbie Wade completed the Georgia Probate Court Judges’ Certificate Program this past week. 

The program was an original creation of the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Probate Court Judges Training Council.

The primary objective of the Program is to provide a rigorous, multi-year curriculum of specialized training for every probate court judge and associate probate judge in Georgia. The program is mandatory, and it is possible to complete the program within a four-year term of office.

Barrow County Probate Court Judge Tammy Brown, who currently serves as the president of the Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia and served as the president of the Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia when the certificate program was created, highlighted the importance of the program.

“When we created the program, the original idea was to provide for specialized training for each judge,” Brown said in a news release. “We felt it was important to do so because probate court is a very unique class of court and regardless of the prior experience and education that a judge has prior to taking office, we wanted every judge to receive training that is tailored specifically for what is needed to successfully serve as a probate judge.”