On Thursday, March 16, 2023, Judge Robert C.I. McBurney, the presiding officer of the hearing panel of the Judicial Qualifications Commission for the State of Georgia issued a notice postponing the hearing in the disciplinary matter involving Douglas County Probate Court Judge Christina Peterson.

Court documents showed that on February 15, 2023, the presiding officer of the hearing panel of the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) issued a scheduling order setting the hearing date on the matter on March 17, 2023.

Peterson was being accused in several complaints covering a period of time from when she was a practicing attorney through her most recent judicial service. Among the allegations against Peterson include that she mismanaged and stole money from a settlement she received in a lawsuit. She was further alleged to have made false statements to the JQC regarding her capacity to represent adoptive foster parents in Georgia after being appointed to the court.

The Notice of Postponement was issued a day before the scheduled hearing for oral argument regarding the motions filed by Peterson.

The filing states:

“Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in another JQC matter that upends the proceedings in this case. The parties have understandably asked for additional time to digest the Supreme Court’s ruling and assess how best to move forward.”

Accordingly, Judge McBurney deemed it appropriate that a postponement of the hearing is appropriate.

The new date will be published when it is available.

Judge Peterson’s courtroom is at 8700 Hospital Drive 3rd Floor, Judicial Side in Douglasville, and can be reached at 770-920-7249. Her info can be found online at this link.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.