The Augusta Bar President Sonja Tate invited the appellate court to hold a special session in Augusta.
The three-judge panel was composed of Augusta native Judge Carla Wong McMillian, Presiding Judge Gary B. Andrews and Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard.
The special session was a first in the Augusta Judicial Center, which is named in honor of John H. Ruffin Jr., who was the first African American admitted to the local bar association and to sit as a Superior Court Judge in the Augusta Judicial Circuit. Ruffin went on to serve on the Court of Appeals.
McMillian, who was born and raised in Augusta, is the first Asian Pacific American state appellate judge to be appointed in the Southeast.
Wednesday’s session was the first time the Court of Appeals sat in Augusta since 2006.
The court heard oral arguments from attorneys in two civil cases and a criminal case. None were appeals from the Augusta Judicial Circuit.