Official Statement of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia
For many years the Supreme Court of Georgia had the following words engraved in its chamber, “Fiat justitia ruat caelum,” (Let justice be done though the heavens may fall). These words serve as a reminder to us to seek what is just and right as part of our role in the criminal justice system. As the training and support agency for District Attorneys and Solicitors-General in the State of Georgia, the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council reaffirms the belief that justice should be fair and equitable to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, socio-economic status, disability, or genetic information. Justice should have neither favor nor preference, and should be equally discharged for all who encounter the criminal court system. As prosecutors, we swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of Georgia, and this oath demands that we should always seek to do what is right and fair—to let justice be done though the heavens may fall.
We recognize that our nation is in a state of distress, and it is incumbent upon us to support one another with compassion and a willingness to listen. As leaders in the prosecution community, we stand in solidarity with those disproportionately impacted by racism and violence, and we renew our commitment to provide the training and support necessary to bring about positive change throughout Georgia communities and beyond.
Peter J. Skandalakis, Executive Director
George Hartwig, Chair
District Attorney, Houston Judicial Circuit
Barry Morgan, Vice Chair
Solicitor-General, Cobb County
Shannon Wallace, Secretary
District Attorney, Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit
District Attorney, Tifton Judicial Circuit
C.R. Chisholm, Jr.
Solicitor-General, Athens-Clarke County
Gregory W. Edwards
District Attorney, Dougherty Judicial Circuit
Solicitor-General, Macon-Bibb County
Margaret D. Heap
District Attorney, Eastern Judicial Circuit
Timothy G. Vaughn
District Attorney, Oconee Judicial Circuit
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