Judge T. Russell McClelland Elected President of the Council of State Court Judges August 21, 2019 Photo, State Court Chief Judge of the State Court of Forsyth County T. Russell McClelland has been elected to serve as President of the Council of State Court Judges of Georgia. “When 129 of your peers ask you to serve, it’s an honor. I deeply appreciate it and accept this honor on behalf of the people of Forsyth County,” said Judge McClelland. “Without their faith and support, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to serve. I will continue to be an ambassador for my home county and to represent all State Courts to the best of my ability.” The Council of State Court Judges of Georgia is made up of more than 147 State Court judges and senior judges throughout the state. State Courts are the highest level of county- supported trial court in the Judicial Branch of Georgia. As president, Judge McClelland will lead the council in finding ways to fulfill its mission to further the improvement of the State Court and the quality and expertise of its judges, to maintain the impartiality of the judiciary, ensure the fair, efficient and uniform administration of justice, and enhance public confidence in the judicial system. Judge McClelland is also a member of the Judicial Council which is the governing body of the Judicial Branch of Georgia.