On February 2, 2018, Roxanne Formey was sworn in as a Judge for the Magistrate Court of Chatham County. Chief Magistrate Mary Kathryn Moss presided over the formal swearing in ceremony along with Judge Michael Karpf, Chief Judge of the Superior Court Eastern Judicial Circuit and Judge Gregory Fowler, Chief Judge of the State Court of Chatham County and Magistrate Judge Michael Barker. Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Formey presented their daughter with her Judicial Robe. Judge Moss spoke of Judge Formey’s keen intellect and community involvement. According to Judge Moss, “we are so fortunate that Judge Formey has joined the Magistrate Court. Judge Formey’s knowledge of the law and dedication to the community will make her asset to our Court, the People’s Court.”
Judge Formey is a member of the New York and Georgia Bar. She has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 2004. Judge Formey started her legal practice with Georgia Legal Services. In 2007, she became a member of the New York Bar working at WomensLaw. org in Brooklyn and then for the Kings County Office of the District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. After returning to Savannah, she served as an Assistant District Attorney from January 2009 until February 2013 where she was Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney, State Court Division. Since March of 2013, Judge Formey served as the Criminal Law Staff Attorney for the State Court of Chatham County. As the State Court Staff Attorney, Ms Formey was able to keep us up to date on all pending criminal motions and all Petitions for Mental Health evaluations by developing and implementing a detailed tracking system for each individual case. She attended every criminal motion hearing, criminal trial whether trial by jury or judge and probation revocation hearing. Judge Fowler stated that “she did amazing work and we will miss her work ethic, intellectual understanding of the law and her ability to communicate verbally and in writing. We will also miss that occasional visit from the Formey family.”
Judge Formey is a graduate of Beach High School. She graduated from Georgia State University and received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She is currently a L.L.M. Candidate in International Human Rights and Humanities Law at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.
In addition to her judicial duties, Judge Formey serves as the Court Administrator/Clerk of Court for the Magistrate Court. Magistrate Court’s jurisdiction includes civil claims of $15,000.00 or less, dispossessory proceedings (landlord/tenant), local ordinance violations, applications for and the issuance of arrest and/or search warrants, first appearance hearings, and preliminary hearings. The Clerk of Court/ Court Administrator has the responsibility to oversee the entire court operation as well as the preservation and maintenance of court records.