Statewide Campaign Spotlights Probate Court Judges’ Professionalism and Qualifications

Adel, GA — The president of the Georgia Council of Probate Court Judges has launched a statewide initiative to enhance the council’s effectiveness and promote the professional judicial training offered through the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.


The Council president, Cook County Probate Court Judge L. Chase Daughtrey, designed the Project READY campaign to encourage probate court judges throughout the state to actively demonstrate how their work impacts the lives of everyday Georgians.


READY, which was implemented in April 2014, stands for “Respect, Education, Assemble, Determined, and Yield results.” In addition to emphasizing continuing professional education, the campaign works to “Yield results” by building Respect for probate judges’ work by highlighting their proficiency and effectiveness, by providing a mechanism to Assemble judges quickly when important issues arise, and by reinforcing judges’ Determination to administer efficient courts.


“The READY campaign will help probate judges individually, and the Georgia Council of Probate Court Judges as a whole, remain proactive while protecting and preserving the role that these courts play in the lives of every Georgian,” Daughtrey said.


According to Daughtrey, the READY campaign also highlights the ongoing judicial training probate court judges receive. “We created the Georgia Probate Court Judge Certificate Program in collaboration with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government to help provide expert, cost-efficient service in all 159 counties in Georgia,” he said.


Since 2012, all probate court judges and associate judges are required to complete 72 hours of professional training to attain certification. Certificate holders must complete an additional 12 hours of continuing judicial education every two years. Course topics cover critical judicial skills, including civil procedure, estates, adult guardianships and conservatorships, minor guardianships and conservatorships, and advanced knowledge of legal research.


The Institute of Government administers the certificate program in partnership with the Georgia Council of Probate Court Judges and the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education at the UGA School of Law.


“The council continues to support efforts to expand professional education to our judges through the certificate program and annual training,” Daughtrey said.


For more information about Project READY or the Georgia Council of Probate Court Judges, visit or contact Daughtrey at 229-896-3941 or


The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia that provides training and technical assistance to help state and local governments become more efficient, more responsive, and better managed.