Two Clayton County judges are suing a third over reassignment of cases.

State Court Judges Shalonda Jones-Parker and Margaret Spencer have filed an emergency petition for writ of prohibition in Superior Court against Chief Judge Michael T. Garrett.

The Clayton Crescent has not seen a copy of the petition. We will update as soon as possible.

A source tells The Clayton Crescent that criminal case calendars allegedly were swapped, and that one of the plaintiffs allegedly got DUI cases from another judge.

That source said it’s possible the county could lose DUI court funds because of “training” issues.

Another source said the petition alleges that Garrett “exceeded his authority by randomly changing the way cases were assigned….They attempted to meet with him and offered to mediate before filing the lawsuit. JQC (Judicial Qualifications Council) said it is an ‘internal matter,’ and declined to become involved.”

In 2019, a JQC memo from 2018 said Garrett’s slow calendar clearance rate “endangered the community” after two defendants with family violence charges pending were later charged with murder. At the time, Garrett said he closed as many cases as other judges. Garrett was not suspended or removed from the bench.

We are working to get a copy of the complaint filed May 2. The case number is 2023CV01422 10 and is assigned to Superior Court Judge Shana Rooks Malone.

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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