When asked about challenging budget concerns, Judge John Carbo (Clayton County), president of the Council of State Court Judges, said, "These are difficult times for everyone.
People are hurting.
The General Assembly and local governments are dealing with reduced revenues.
State courts will continue to operate frugally, while fulfilling our mission to administer justice for all Georgians."
Also in attendance were Judge John Carbo (Clayton County), President-elect Judge Ron Ginsberg (Chatham County), Judge Ben Studdard (Henry County), Secretary of the Council Judge Bill Bass Sr. (Grady County), Judge Larry Mims (Tift County), Judge Melody Clayton (Cobb County), Judge Phil Smith (Forsyth County) and Judge Jeanette Little (Troup County).
Clayton State court Judge John C. Carbo III granted summary judgment for AMC because he found that the "wet floor" sign had been prop- erly placed and that there was no evi- dence that anyone knew the sign had collapsed.
But a panel of the Court of Appeals reversed, saying Carbo was wrong to conclude the sign was properly placed as a matter of law.
In a unanimous opinion by then-chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, who since has retired from the court, the Supreme Court ruled that a 1997 state Supreme Court decision meant that routine issues of slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall cases-such as how closely a retailer should monitor its premises and how vigilant patrons must be for their own safety in various settings-must be answered by juries, not judges.
Given Browns' evidence of the risk posed by the A-frame type of "wet floor" sign when used in areas traversed by large concentrations of people, she wrote, the court couldn't say as a matter of law that AMC had fulfilled its duty to avoid creating an unreasonable safety risk for the public.