Judge Phelps announces his candidacy
Northern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge R. Chris Phelps officially qualified Monday as a candidate for a full term in office in the May 24, 2016, nonpartisan judicial primary election.
Judge Phelps was appointed Jan. 30, 2015, by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as Superior Court Judge for the Northern Judicial Circuit, which includes Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison and Oglethorpe counties.
He was sworn into office March 4, 2015, and has presided over hundreds of criminal and civil cases in all five counties for the past year.
A lifelong resident of the Northern Circuit, Judge Phelps has 40 years of experience in the legal profession, the justice system and in public service.
While engaged in the private practice of law, he was a trial lawyer in both civil and criminal cases, and also served as Municipal Court Judge for the City of Elberton from 1977-1987, and as the attorney for the City of Elberton from 1987 until March 4, 2015.
He has also represented the attorneys of the Northern Judicial Circuit on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia for the past 32 years and served as chairman of the State Bar’s Finance Committee for 10 years.
Judge Phelps is a graduate of the University of West Georgia and earned his law degree in 1976 from the University of Georgia School of Law. A longtime Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster, he and his wife, Pamelia Jo Phelps, have two children and four grandchildren and are active members of the Elberton First United Methodist Church.
“It is an honor to serve as a Judge of the Superior Courts in the counties of the Northern Judicial Circuit, which is my home and where I have lived and worked throughout my career,” Judge Phelps said upon announcing his candidacy. “I look forward to the opportunity to ask the voters of all five counties to elect me to a full term in the upcoming election. This will be a positive campaign, focused on my record of experience and service as an attorney and judge in the Northern Circuit, maintaining the high ethical standards expected of anyone who holds office in our judicial system.”