The Savannah Tribune Salutes Tammy Stokes


Judge Tammy Cox Stokes
Judge Tammy Cox Stokes

In observance of Women’s History Month, The Savannah Tribune is reprinting an article that ran in the September 24 edition about Recorder’s Court Judge Tammy Cox Stokes.

Stokes is a graduate of Beach High School and the University of Georgia School of Law. Her professional experience includes having been a prosecutor and trial attorney for Dekalb County Juvenile Court and the Dekalb County Solicitors Office.

The first African American woman judge in Chatham County, she is the vice chair of the Georgia Judicial Training Council and is district representative of the Council of Municipal Court Judges. Stokes sits on the boards of the United Way, Leadership Savannah, and First City Club, And now, the article from September 24, 2008.

At the June business meeting of Georgia’s municipal court judges, the judges elected the Honorable Tammy Stokes as their President of the Municipal Court Judges Council of Georgia.

Judge Stokes serves as Chatham County Recorders Court Judge, having been appointed by the City Council and Chatham County Commission in 2004. It is of note that she is Chatham County’s first African American woman judge.

She is also the first African American woman to serve as President of Georgia’s Municipal Court Judges Council.

Georgia has 400 Municipal and local courts where the judges conduct non-jury trials and are authorized to impose sentences and fines in accordance with applicable law.

Each year, the Municipal Courts in Georgia handle more than 1.2 million filings, and its judges conduct several hundred thousand hearings and trials annually.

The Municipal Courts generate sufficient revenues to not only support the operation of the judicial branch of government in the state but also return significant general revenues to state and local treasuries.

As President, Judge Stokes takes the helm in setting

the statewide strategic and legislative goals for the municipal

court judges of the state, and represents the municipal courts on the Judicial Council of Georgia.”

We at The Savannah Tribune would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the achievements of First Lady Michelle Obama as we observe Women’s History Month. Her beauty, strength, grace and resilience as the first African American female to assume this position of highest honor for our country is an example to us all.

Though we can not spotlight you all individually, we salute all women and thank you for your contributions to our society and the world.

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