City of Monroe Municipal Court Judge Dale R. “Bubba” Samuels was recently elected to the position of Vice President of the Georgia Council of Municipal Court Judges. He previously served as the 10th Judicial District Representative to the Council, alongside City of Loganville Municipal Court Judge Lori B. Duff.
“Municipal Courts are easily the most underestimated of all courts in this State,” said Samuels. “Which is unfortunate, since we have the largest volume of cases. Most people never see the inside of a Courtroom except for Municipal Court for a traffic ticket. We are the face of the judicial system for most people. I am honored to serve on the Council to make sure that the needs of not only Municipal Courts in general, but specifically that the needs of the City of Monroe get heard.”
Samuels is a graduate of Florida State University and the University of South Carolina Law School, and is a member of the Georgia and South Carolina Bar Associations. He is married to his wife, Jennifer, and has two children, Jack and Sara. Jack is a junior at the University of Georgia, and Sara is a rising senior at Lanier High School. In addition to running a thriving law practice in Buford, he is the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Franklin Springs. He is a past recipient of the South Carolina Compleat Lawyer Award, and has the highest possible Martindale-Hubble peer review rating. He is active in sports, coaching teams and was even a member of the Georgia Football Official’s Association. His children are active in the music and arts community, and he supports their efforts with equal vigor.
Although his law practice is outside of Monroe, Judge Samuels finds himself charmed by the City of Monroe and its residents. “Coming into Monroe as a relative outsider, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Samuels reflected. “However, the City is as warm and welcoming as I’d hoped, and I enjoy working with the community. Monroe has a unique feel to it, very southern and old-fashioned without being out-dated. It’s the best of our history — one of Georgia’s true gems, and I’m hopeful that I can be a part of what preserves that shine as more and more people discover its value.”
And, for its part, Monroe should be proud to have one of the State’s judicial leaders presiding in its Courtroom.
Samuels will be working closely with Current Council President Judge LaTisha Dear-Jackson of Lithonia and President-Elect Judge Matthew McCord of Stockbridge. To learn more about the Council of Municipal Court Judges, click here.