Christopher Charles Edwards
Nova Southeastern Law School J.D.
Vanderbilt University, Bachelor’s
Griffin Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Christopher Charles Edwards received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern Law School. Judge Edwards began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Griffin Judicial Circuit, then continued as an Assistant District Attorney in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, for a total of five years, from 1981 to 1986. Beginning in 1986, Judge Edwards maintained a private mostly civil jury trial practice for twelve years. Before taking the bench, Judge Edwards both prosecuted and defended murder to jury verdict as lead counsel. After seventeen years of jury trials, Judge Edwards was elected Superior Court judge in August, 1998 and began his first four year term January 1, 1999. He was re-elected in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 without opposition.
Judge Edwards has served on five committees of the Council of Superior Court Judges: pattern jury charge, benchbook, uniform rules, bench and bar, and access to justice and fairness in the courts. Judge Edwards also now serves on the Board of Governors and on the Board of the General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Judge Edwards received an Outstanding Service Award from the Fayette Bar Association, the Robert Benham Award from the State Bar of Georgia, another award from the Fayette County Bar Association “For Tireless Efforts to Improve and Strengthen the Bar Association and Community”, and the “Thomas R. Burnside, Jr. Excellence in Bar Leadership” as nominated by the Fayette County Bar Association. Fulfilling a campaign promise, he has spoken in schools to over 58,000 students on the education earnings premium, encouraging academic excellence.
Judge Edwards is now beginning his twenty-first year as a Superior Court Judge and his thirty-ninth year as a Georgia lawyer. He has authored original legal articles published in “The Verdict”, published by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, “The Family Law Journal” and “Calendar Call” published by the State Bar of Georgia, The Georgia Courts Journal published by the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts, and “The Champion”, nationally published by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.