Thank you for your continued support and confidence!
Judge Phelps has no opposition in the 2020 judicial election and will serve another term beginning in January 2021.
Northern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge R. Chris Phelps has no opposition in the 2020 judicial election and will serve another four-year term beginning in January 2021.
Judge Phelps was appointed January 30, 2015, by Governor Nathan Deal and was sworn into office March 4, 2015. Judge Phelps was elected in May 2016 to a full four-year term, receiving 64.77% of the vote while carrying all five counties of the Northern Circuit: Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison and Oglethorpe.
With his re-election in 2020, Judge Phelps will serve through December 31, 2024.
A lifelong resident of the Northern Circuit, Judge Phelps began his career in the legal profession, the justice system and public service in 1976. While engaged in the private practice of law, he was a trial lawyer in both civil and criminal cases. He also served as Municipal Court Judge for the City of Elberton from 1977 to 1987 and as the attorney for the City of Elberton from 1987 to March 4, 2015. He also represented the attorneys of the Northern Judicial Circuit on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia for more than three decades 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 Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America, Judge Phelps 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. "I appreciate the continued support and confidence shown by the people of Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison and Oglethorpe Counties and pledge to keep serving as judge in an impartial and efficient manner, while maintaining the high ethical standards expected of anyone who holds office in our justice system."