Judge Ann B. Harris
Since taking the bench, Judge Harris has presided over a variety of criminal jury trials as well as bench trials in the domestic arena. She also presides over Cobb County’s first Parental Accountability Court, an award-winning programmatic alternative to incarceration that seeks to transform chronic non-payers of child support into self-sufficient, financially supportive parents through education, substance abuse treatment, and job assistance and placement. During the last two years, Judge Harris has been participating in a cooperative effort with the Republic of Georgia and the U.S. State Department to promote the independence and transparency of the Georgian justice system, to assist the Georgian judiciary in court and jury trial management, and to strengthen the rule of law in that country. She currently serves as the vice-chair of the Council of Superior Court Judges’ Pattern Jury Instructions Committee.
Prior to her election to the Superior Court bench, Judge Harris served the people of Cobb County as an assistant district attorney for 19 years. She helped draft the first human trafficking laws in Georgia in 2006 and sat on the regional human trafficking task force for several years. Prior to her legal career, Judge Harris worked for several years as a senior consultant with an international information services consulting firm. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1994 and her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in 1985.