Two local attorneys on short list to fill state court judgeship

The short list of potential candidates to fill the seat of retiring Richmond County State Court Chief Judge Richard Slaby is composed of Robert “Bo” Hunter III and E. Freddie Sanders.


The Judicial Nomination Commission prepared the list for Gov. Nathan Deal. The governor will decide who replaces Slaby, whose retirement begins July 31.

Hunter has practiced law since 1982 and is currently in private practice. He served two terms as the solicitor for Richmond County State Court, from 1988 to 1996.

Sanders is a partner in the firm Capers Sanders &Bellotti. He was admitted into the State Bar in 1981 after a career with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Slaby announced his retirement earlier this month after serving as a judge for the State Court for 20 years. Slaby and fellow jurist David D. Watkins were appointed in July 1997 by Gov. Zell Miller.

Before that, Slaby served the county as a juvenile court judge for 17 years, as the judge of the former Augusta Recorders’ Court for six years, and as a Richmond County Probate judge for one year.

As the chief judge of the State Court, Slaby led the court away from the controversial use of private, for-profit company, Sentinel Offender Services, which has since left the state.

He help create the county’s in-house probation department, and he led his court into the use of case assignment.

In his letter to the governor, Slaby asked Deal to let him take senior status, which would allow him to continue to work as a jurist part-time when called.


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B. M. Michales 8 days ago
Bo Hunter is the best.
L A Williams 7 days ago

State Court Chief Judge Richard Slaby has certainly been a good and well respected Judge for Augusta and Richmond County.


I wish him well in his retirement, and thank him for his service. It is well that his wisdom may still be called upon in the future.  Pray from him and his family.


I have known both Robert “Bo” Hunter III and E. Freddie Sanders for a long time and believe both men to be smart, and qualified for the position.


I wish them both well as they compete for this appointment. And I Pray the Governor will seek Divine Guidance, as he takes all considerations in choosing a man of the highest character, and integrity in appointing that man who's primary desire is to serve in the best interests of all citizens of Augusta.


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