Tusan, who joined the Superior Court bench in 1995, will assume her new leadership post with the court Feb. 1. The chief judge is a two-year elected term, with a two-year retention opportunity which allows a total of four years of office. Tusan replaces Cynthia D. Wright, whose four-year term expires this year.
The chief judge is the lead judicial administrative officer of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit. It is the responsibility of the chief judge to ensure that the third branch of government operates efficiently in Fulton County, while providing equal justice and fairness to those who come before the court. The chief judge also ensures the administrative tasks of the court are carried out effectively to include, but are not limited to prompt disposition of cases, resource utilization and issuance of administrative orders to properly direct the courts’ day-to-day affairs.
As a public servant, committed to the duty of administering justice, protecting the constitution of Georgia and the United States, and maintaining an independent judiciary, Tusan’s priorities as chief judge will include increasing accessibility to the court, improving customer service within the Superior Court, instituting best practices for judicial administration, addressing courthouse infrastructure, and implementation of a mental health summit for the Fulton County Criminal Justice System.
“All parties should receive timely resolution of their disputes and judges earn the public’s trust and confidence by being accountable for and committed to equality and fairness for all citizens,” Tusan said. “For the past 18½ years, I have proudly served with my Superior Court colleagues and look forward to this new opportunity of service on our collective behalf. As Fulton County becomes increasingly more diverse and today’s economy forces growing numbers of citizens to prosecute their legal claims without legal representation, our judicial system must continue to improve in its accessibility for everyone.
“As chief judge, I commit to building on our court’s valuable community partnerships, but also to identify new ways to collaborate with Fulton County’s justice partners throughout the state with the goal of delivery of transparency, accountability and best practices. The Superior Court of Fulton County belongs to the citizens of this great state, and our courthouse doors are open to all.”