Board of Court Reporting

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Meet the Board Members

Members of the Board of Court Reporting comprise of five certified court reporters, two attorney representatives from the State Bar of Georgia, and two representatives from the judiciary, one state court judge and one superior court judge. All members are appointed by the Judicial Council of Georgia for a term of two years, but not more than two successive terms on the Board.

 Duties and Responsibilities

   The Board of Court Reporting meets minimally four times a year to accomplish its duties of:

  • Establishing rules and regulations to effectively carry out the provisions of the Georgia Court Reporting Act, O.C.G.A. § 15-14-20;
  • Developing and conducting examinations necessary to measure proficiency among those individuals desiring to practice court reporting in Georgia;
  • Providing a mechanism for continuing education of court reporters certified under the Georgia Court Reporting Act;
  • Recommending improvements to the Judicial Council of Georgia for the establishment of an equitable fee schedule for official court reporters in Georgia;
  • Ensuring the practice of court reporting in the courts of Georgia is an integral part of an effective judicial system.

Board Members

James M. Anderson, III

Atlanta, GA

Attorney at Law

October 2013 – September 2015

James M. Anderson, III received his J.D. from University of Georgia School of Law. He is active member of the State Bar Association, Sandy Springs Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA), Council of Municipal Court Judges, and Council of Magistrate Court Judges. Mr. Anderson is a graduate of Leadership Sandy Springs and appeared regularly on “The Law Show” broadcast by WGST radio. He lectures frequently for the GTLA Peoples Law School and the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education for Municipal and Magistrate Court Judges. Mr. Anderson served as president, vice president, secretary, and past board director to the Sandy Springs Bar Association, and several civic and community organizations.

Linda Drake

Savannah, GA

Official Court Reporter

October 2013 – September 2015

Ms. Drake became a Georgia certified court reporter in 1982.  She and a business partner formed a freelance firm in 1990, and she also served as the Official Court Reporter for the Municipal Court of Tybee Island, GA, from 1990-2011.  She obtained her Certified Verbatim Reporter designation from the National Verbatim Reporter Association in 1994. Subsequently, she became a member of its board of directors in 1999, and was president from 2003-2005. Ms. Drake served as Vice-President to the Board of Court Reporters Training Council and led the re-design of its current Continuing Education Manual.

Judge Richard Kent

Moultrie, GA

State Court Judge

August 2011 – July 2013

The Honorable Richard Kent serves as the Colquitt County State Court Judge. The Honorable Richard Kent has served as Colquitt County State Court Judge since 1997. He also serves as a Municipal Court Judge. Judge Kent has also served as a Superior Court Judge by designation, Probate Court Judge by designation, and Magistrate Court Judge by designation. Judge Kent currently serves on the State Court Judges Executive Council, Municipal Court Judges Executive Council, and the County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council. Judge Kent received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Anita Moore

Eastanollee, GA

Official Court Reporter

July 2012 – June 2014

Official Court Reporter for Judge Russell W. Smith, of the Mountain Judicial Circuit. Ms. Moore has studied at Anderson University and the University of Georgia Continuing Legal Education Division. She has been a certified court reporter in Georgia since 1987. Ms. Moore has worked in superior, state, and magistrate courts as a freelance reporter and currently lives Eastanollee, Georgia.

Judge Maxine Cynthia Morris

Dalton, GA

Superior Court Judge

July 2012 – June 2014

The Honorable Maxine Cynthia Morris has served in the Conasauga Judicial Circuit since 2002. She is a member of the National Association of Women Judges, the National Association of Counsel for Children, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She has served on the Georgia Commission on Interpreters and the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children. Judge Morris received her J.D. from the Walter F. Georgia School of Law at Mercer University.

Benjamin M. Perkins, Chair

Savannah, Georgia

Attorney At Law

July 2012 – June 2014

 

Benjamin M. Perkins is a Partner in the litigation section of the Savannah law firm Oliver Maner LLP. He is an active member of the State Bars of Georgia and Florida, and has been recognized as a Georgia Rising Star since 2006 in the Georgia Super Lawyers edition of Atlanta Magazine. Mr. Perkins concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal and county liability, business litigation, personal injury, and environmental law. Mr. Perkins received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Kim H. Raines

Concord, GA

Official Court Reporter

October 2013 – September 2015

Official Court Reporter for the Honorable John C. Carbo, III, of State Court of Clayton County. Ms. Raines has been a member of the court reporting profession for more than twenty years. She obtained her Certified Verbatim Reporter (CVR) license from the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA). Ms. Raines owned and operated Southern Crescent Court Reporting, Inc. until 2012. She is a past member of the Ethics Committee of the Georgia Certified Court Reporters Association (GCCRA) and served as a Proctor and Grade Examiner for the Georgia’s Certified Court Reporters accreditation exam.

Tommy Savage

Columbus, GA

Freelance Court Reporter

October 2013 – September 2015

Freelance Reporter and Firm Owner Accredited Court Reporters, Inc. Mr. Savage began his career as a freelance court reporter in 1981. He worked as a Civil Service reporter at the Eglin Air Force Base (Florida) and as a freelance reporter for national court reporting firms within the Savannah and Columbus area before establishing Accredited Court Reporters, Inc. Mr. Savage reported for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia and provides court reporting services to Honorable Maureen Gottfried of the State Court of Muscogee County. He obtained the Registered Professional Reporters (RPR) license and Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) license from the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). Mr. Savage is a past board member of the Georgia Shorthand Reporters Association (GSRA) and served as a Proctor for the Georgia Certified Court Reporters accreditation exam.