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PTC Judge Stephen Ott throws hat in ring for state court judge

Local attorney Stephen Ott has announced he will seek election as Fayette County State Court Judge in the July 2012 non-partisan election.

New State Court Judge Carla Wong McMillian will be facing her first election then, as she was appointed to the bench in August 2010 by Gov. Sonny Perdue after her predecessor, Fletcher Sams, was appointed to an open slot as superior court judge for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette.

Ott, who has served as the Peachtree City Municipal Court Judge for the past four years, said in a press release that he wants to use the experience in state court in part by reducing costs and also helping young offenders “better themselves, rather than just collecting their money and sending them on their way.”

“I believe a judge should advance the causes of the law — such as providing educational opportunities, community service for the county, and institute programs that are designed to prevent repeat offenders,” Ott added.

Ott said one of his programs in Peachtree City has resulted in nearly 10,000 hours of community service time being spent clearing and improving the city.

Ott noted that in Peachtree City he has cut costs by reducing the amount of time police officers spend in the courtroom, along with other reductions in paper and printing costs.

Ott said his experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney will help him as judge, along with his experience in civil cases typically heard in state court such as contract and injury claims.

“I believe a judge sits as the public representation of our court,” Ott said. “It is the interaction with the judge in the courtroom that most shapes a person’s impression of the court. Win or lose, each person who appears in a courtroom must leave believing that have had an opportunity to be heard and had the opportunity for a fair hearing or our justice system will erode.”

A 1992 graduate of of the Georgia State University College of Law, Ott came to Fayette County in 1995 to practice law. He was appointed as municipal court judge of Peachtree City in 2006.

Ott has served two terms as president of the Fayette County Bar Association, and is active in Kiwanis International, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, and Pike County Chamber of Commerce (his law firm has a location in Zebulon as well as Perimeter Center). He has served on the Board of Directors for the Fayette County YMCA, Fayette County Counsel on Domestic Violence, and the American Cancer Society as Community Ambassador. He received the Chief Justice Award for Community Service in 2000.

Ott earned his undergraduate degree from Mercer University. He is married and has a 16-year-old son. They live in unincorporated Fayette County.



PTC Observer's picture

Judge, State Court of Fayette County

A native Georgian, Judge McMillian is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Georgia School of Law. Prior to being appointed to the bench by Governor Sonny Perdue, she was a partner with the law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Sutherland's litigation group. Judge McMillian has also served as a law clerk for the Honorable William C. O'Kelley of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Judge McMillian has received a number of professional honors and awards. In 2010, she was one of the recipients of the Georgia Most Powerful and Influential Women's Award from the National Diversity Council and received the Westminster School of Augusta Distinguished Alumni Award. Judge McMillian was also selected as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2007 and 2010. She has also served as a Barrister in the Lamar Inn of Court.

Judge McMillian is a member of Dogwood Church in Tyrone, Georgia.

secret squirrel's picture

There's at least four great reasons in that bio to vote against her. Duke; UGA; appointed by "Aw Shucks" Perdue; and she goes to church.

PTC Observer's picture

Then vote against her, I put this up to make certain people had the other candidate's background.

The article seemed a bit one sided to me.

for the below reasons from the below roundabout quote located at

roundabout quote below

"Then if someone came in front of the judge for crime and had no job, he should be assigned a job and probation--unless murder is the charge."

So I owned a convenience store I want the above "assigned" manning the register I own, gosh they did not murder any one so its OK!!

I own a day care facility I want the above "assigned" watching kids. Heck they did not murder anyone so its OK.

I own a moving company and I want the above "assigned" to be in charge of all my household goods, they did not murder anybody so its OK.

I want the above "assigned" to fix the plumbing in my house when I am not home but my wife can be there. Heck they did not commit murder so it's OK

I nominate roundabout he could do a great job he makes so much sense and heck if he does not work out I can blame Bush.

Let the name calling begin.

Just vote. Citizens have given their lives for that right. Stop spending money we do not have. myself

The word "assigned" takes care of all that.

The judge would work from a list provided to him by the public from people wanting such help. A GPS would be planted in their scrotum. (females otherwise)

Cucumber pickers
Septic tank cleaning
Ditch digging
Baby sitting fighting dogs
Cleaning out barns
Cutting brush on Bush's ranch
Grave digger
Gutter cleaning
Washing cars
Scrubbing graffiti
Spreading road tar
Dry walling
Guarding south Atlanta streets at night (with a stick)(for the rapists)
Hand-cutting Kudzu for the goats
Supervising the above with a stick. (special Bubbas)

I suggest everyone visit Muni Court. This Judge's is not any worst than most others. Since it isn't any better, I vote No to a promotion. Don't ever expect to see any of your Constitutional Rights protected or even acknowledged.

Git Real's picture

He won't be any worse than many of the judges we've had. And when he gets his lucrative and ridiculous lifelong retirement (which is what all these political clowns are after) chances are he will have a coronary soon after retirement thus relieving the taxpayers of a six-digit retirement / welfare program expense. Just sayin'......

<em><strong>Stupid can't be fixed. We can only vote him out</strong></em>

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