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July 19, 2009

Judge Mims named Outstanding Jurist

TIFTON — Tift County State Court Larry Mims was recognized by the Gate City Bar Association’s Judicial Section as an “Outstanding Jurist” at the State Bar of Georgia’s annual meeting held June 18-21 at Amelia Island. The award was one of four that was presented to judges who preside outside the metro Atlanta area.

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham remarked during the awards ceremony that “this award recognizes the valuable contributions that these judges make to the courts, the rule of law and their communities in areas of the state where the need is greatest.”

Mims has presided in the State Court of Tift County for nine years. Originally appointed to the position in 2000 by Gov. Roy Barnes, Mims was re-elected in 2002 and 2006. The State Court of Tift County has jurisdiction over misdemeanor and criminal cases, including traffic cases, and all civil cases, except domestic relations and equity cases. The court is among the busiest in the state, with a yearly caseload in excess of 11,000 cases. Mims currently serves as secretary of the Council of State Court Judges and chairs the Council’s Public Information Committee.

In addition to his service on the bench, Mims has been very active in the Tifton community. He has served on the board of directors of the Tift County Commission on Children and Youth, the United Way, PLIGHT, Inc. and the Coastal Plains Chapter of the American Red Cross. Mims is co-founder of Mims Kids, Inc. and has served on the Governor’s Children and Youth Coordinating Council. Mims has implemented through the school system a judicial outreach program, “First Impressions,” that exposes all of Tift County’s fourth graders to the judicial branch of government.

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