Just this past week, the Georgia Supreme Court announced that Superior Court Judge John Flythe of the Augusta Judicial Circuit has been designated to hear arguments in the appeal of Campaign for Accountability v. Consumer Credit Research Foundation and Board of Regents v. Consumer Credit Research Foundation.
Flythe will begin hearing arguments this Monday, serving in place of Justice Nels S. D. Peterson, who had to recuse himself.
In this case, the Board of Regents is appealing a Georgia Court of Appeals’ decision prohibiting it from providing information to a private organization that the Board of Regents is willing to release. In addition to hearing arguments, Flythe will participate in the court’s decision, according to a news release from the Georgia Supreme Court.
Anyone who knows anything about Flythe isn’t surprised that he was chosen to hear the Georgia Supreme Court case. After all, Flythe is one of the most well-respected judges in this area.
Flythe, who’s only 44, was elected to the Superior Court in May 2016 and began his term on Jan. 1, 2017.
He’s had a stellar career over the years.
After graduating from University of Georgia School of Law, Flythe was hired by then-District Attorney Danny Craig as an assistant district attorney in the Augusta Judicial Circuit in 1999.
Working for the district attorney’s office under Danny Craig, Flythe literally lived and breathed the law.
“It was a lot of hard work, but I really enjoyed it,” Flythe once told the Metro Spirit. “We were held to very high standards by the judges. We had to be ready on a lot of cases and we were expected to act like lawyers should act. It was a very good way to begin my career.”
Flythe stayed at the district attorney’s office for more than two years until he eventually opened up his own practice where he focused on family law.
After serving a few years as the associate judge of the Grovetown Municipal Court, then-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Flythe as a State Court judge in 2010 when former Judge Gayle Hamrick stepped down to accept a senior judge status that same year.
For more than six years as state court judge, Flythe took his role in the courtroom very seriously and understood that some of the cases that come before him can change a person’s life.
“Experience matters most,” Flythe said. “These jobs are incredibly important and Superior Court judges have the everyday opportunity to impact people’s lives in a very meaningful way. When you are dealing with people’s children and you’re dealing with their money and you are dealing with their freedom, those things are the things that matter to them most.”
At an early age, Flythe said he learned the importance of integrity, hard work and fairness. Like his father and grandfather, Flythe saw the tremendous value of going into the legal field.
“My father died when I was 13. He was a lawyer and a judge,” Flythe said, adding that, at 13, he didn’t fully understand the level of his father’s commitment to the community until after he passed. “I saw how much people thought of my dad and I don’t think my father ever probably knew that people cared about him the way they did. The law certainly gives you an enormous opportunity to help people.”
Flythe’s service on the bench is beyond reproach.
We know he’ll make Augusta proud as he hears the Georgia Supreme Court case this week.