By Katie Morrison staff writer
Long-time Magistrate Judge Connie Holt recently announced that she will rerun for office. Holt has served for 32 years.
Born and raised in Morgan County, Holt began working for the Small Claims Court and Justice of the Peace Office in 1983. The next year she attended the American Academy of Judicial Education for Special Jurisdiction Training for Attorney Judges. In 1987, she received her Paralegal Degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
She has been married to her husband of 50 years, Johnny Holt III, with whom she has two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She has been employed with the Morgan County Small Claims Court and Justice of the Peace Court since 1983. When the court was first created in 1983, she was the only full time judge present. According to Holt, “I was one of the first judges to be sworn in in 1983, and I was the only clerk in the office for 10 years.”
She currently holds the position of Chief Judge where she serves many purposes, including hearing all civil cases and writing 90 percent of arrest warrants. Some of her other duties include issuing all kinds of warrants (from bad checks to murders), preliminary hearings, trials of civil cases up to $15,000, misdemeanor cases, animal control, and family violence cases.
This will be Judge Holt’s 6th term, and it may or may not be her last. “I enjoy what I do. I love helping people. I’ve found that a lot of the time, people just want to be heard,” said Holt, “sometimes I feel like I’m a counselor. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to serve the citizens of the county and they’ve been good to me.”
Judge Holt’s accomplishments go far beyond Morgan County. She is the third female president of the state magistrate council, was elected vice president twice, and has won numerous magistrate awards. She is also an advisor for all magistrate court clerks in the state of Georgia. She encourages anyone who would like to know more about her and what the magistrate court does to visit the county court website.