On Tuesday, July 2, 2024, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that former Douglas County Probate Judge Christina Peterson had been replaced after being removed from office in June. Peterson faced 30 charges of judicial misconduct, as well as criminal charges related to an arrest at a Buckhead nightclub in Atlanta.

Valerie Vie was sworn in as the new Douglas County Probate Judge, taking over the remainder of Peterson’s term, which expires in January 2025. Vie had won the Democratic primary for the position in May and was unopposed in the November general election. As the elected candidate, Vie will serve a full four-year term beginning in January.

Peterson’s removal in June came at the order of the Georgia Supreme Court in response to the misconduct charges rather than her pending criminal case. At the swearing-in ceremony, Vie thanked those who had supported her campaign and primary victory, stating they helped change the political landscape of Douglas County. Vie pledged to improve access to probate court through virtual hearings, expanded online services, and assistance for those with limited English proficiency or disabilities. She also aims to reduce case processing delays.

Vie has experience as a former prosecutor and ran her own law practice focusing on criminal, family, and juvenile cases. She was admitted to the Georgia bar in 2003 after graduating from law school. Other speakers at the ceremony encouraged embracing Vie’s leadership and moving past previous issues. Peterson’s attorney maintained her innocence on all charges and intends to fight the arrest and seek dismissal of the case.

 

 

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution