2018-01-03 / Front Page

Gov. Deal appoints Earnest to Pataula Superior Court


Craig Earnest Craig Earnest Governor Nathan Deal recently appointed Pataula Circuit District Attorney T. Craig Earnest Superior Court Judge of the Pataula Judicial Circuit. His appointment will take effect upon swearing in by the Governor.

“I would like thank my family, friends and everyone who has supported me throughout the years,” Earnest stated. “I look forward to continuing to serve the people of the Pataula Circuit as Superior Court Judge.”

Earnest will fill the vacant judgeship of Judge Thomas H. Baxley who retired earlier in 2017. Gov. Deal appointed Baxley to the Superior Court in November 2014 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Judge Ronnie Joe Lane.

Earnest has served as the District Attorney of the Pataula Judicial Circuit since 2009. He served as the circuit’s Assistant District Attorney from 1999-2008.

He earned an associate degree from Bainbridge Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia and a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

In December of 2014 Earnest was selected as one of Small Town America’s 100 Most Influential People by Rural Leader Magazine. In 2016 he was selected as a Top Attorney in North America by the Who’s Who Directories. He was also appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia as a Mentor in the State Bar of Georgia Transition Into Law Practice Program in January 2017.

Earnest has always been a big supporter and proponent of Drug Courts. In 2011, as District Attorney, he helped create a Problem Solving Court in the Pataula Circuit, which has been very successful.

Earnest and his wife, Kemberly, have two daughters, Abbie, age 16 and Katie, age 13. They attend Friendship United Methodist Church and live in Donalsonville.

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