On Wednesday, May 17, 2023, the Judicial Qualifications Commission of the State of Georgia issued a scheduling order setting the date May 30, 2023, at 9:30 am in Courtroom 1-A of the Fulton County Courthouse as the schedule and location to hear the misconduct case filed against Christina Peterson, a Douglas County Probate Court Judge.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Christina Peterson,” with case no. s22Z0180.

According to a report, the accusations of Judge Peterson’s misconduct relate to several complaints to the JQC that covers the period of time from when she was a practicing attorney through her most recent judicial service. According to the earliest complaint, the respondent mismanaged and stole money from a settlement she received that was supposed to be not just for herself but also for her nine neighbors after they filed a lawsuit against their homeowner’s association in 2017.

Moreover, the respondent allegedly made false statements to the JQC regarding her capacity to represent adoptive foster parents in Georgia. The respondent also received complaints for indecorous and/or intemperate conduct and flouting and abuse of court security protocols. This is on top of the issue wherein the respondent allegedly made a rule that gave her the sole authority to withhold copies of marriage applications and certificates that would otherwise be open to the public.

A hearing regarding the said case was supposedly set on March 17, 2023. However, it was postponed since the parties have understandably asked for additional time to digest the Supreme Court’s ruling and assess how to best move forward.

The report states:

“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.”

Following a period of time, on May 17, 2023, the Judicial Qualifications Commission of the State of Georgia issued a scheduling order setting the date, time, and location for the hearing of the same.

The Scheduling Order states:

“The dispositive motions filed by counsel for Judge Peterson will be heard on 30 May 2023 at 9:30 AM in Courtroom I-A of the Fulton County Courthouse. The hearing will run for one hour. A Zoom link will be provided for any parties who will be appearing remotely. There will also be a live feed of the proceedings accessible through the Superior Court of Fulton County’s website. SO ORDERED this day of May 2023.”

The Judge earned a law degree from the Wisconsin School of Law in 2023.

The Judge’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 on celebratedouglascounty.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.