Judge Clarence Cuthpert, Jr. was appointed as the State Court Judge of Rockdale County by Governor Brian Kemp on February 1, 2021. Prior to serving as Chief State Court Judge, Judge Cuthpert was elected as Probate Judge in 2016, and re-elected in 2020. As a practicing attorney for 20 years, Judge Cuthpert practiced law throughout the State of Georgia prior to serving in the judiciary.
Judge Cuthpert received his Bachelor of Science degree from Savannah State University, Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia Southern University, and Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University. He is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts, Georgia; Supreme Court of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals; Superior and State Courts of Georgia; and is a registered Mediator and Arbitrator through the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.
In April 2020, Judge Cuthpert was appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia to the Commission on Dispute Resolution as the first ever probate judge to serve on the Commission. In March 2018, Judge Cuthpert was appointed as the representative for the Probate Courts on the Judicial Council’s Standing Committee on Access to Justice. The Committee is Chaired by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Charles J. Bethel. Committee members include representatives from the Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia, Superior, State, Magistrate and Probate Courts, and several legal organizations. The Committee’s mission is to improve the public’s trust in the judicial branch by promoting meaningful and effective access to courts and fairness for all. Judge Cuthpert is also a member of the Council of State Court Judges of Georgia, American Bar Association, Rockdale Bar Association, Gate City Bar Association and NewRock Legal Society.
The State Court handles misdemeanor criminal offenses, traffic violations, and civil matters.