She was confirmed by the the state House and Senate Judiciary committees Tuesday following her nomination by Governor Brian Kemp.
Davis had worked in Cobb County’s judicial system for 28 years.
“The prospect of serving in a specialized court for the state of Georgia is so incredibly exciting,” Davis told the committee, as reported on the Cobb County website. “I’m driven by the idea of developing a first-in-class court. That’s the gold standard that my office currently operates under and has a reputation for pursuing.”
Robin Bishop, Cobb’s Chief Deputy Clerk of State Court, will assume Davis’ role in Cobb County.
About the Business Court
The court, to be led by former Jones Day partner, now Judge, Walt Davis, is scheduled to open August 1.
The court was created in 2018, when voters approved the following constitutional amendement:
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to create a state-wide business court, authorize superior court business court divisions, and allow for the appointment process for state-wide business court judges in order to lower costs, improve the efficiency of all courts, and promote predictability of judicial outcomes in certain complex business disputes for the benefit of all citizens of this state?”
The court is intended to handle complex business litigation in excess of $500,000, with the exception of commercial real estate litigation, which has a minimum of $1 million to be heard by Business Court.
Judge Davis told the Daily Report, a well-known legal publication, that COVID-19 and the budget declines delayed the hiring of staff, but operations would open in August.
Unlike other state court judgeship’s the judge of the Georgia Business court is not elected, but is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the House and Senate judiciary committees.