On Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued a public service announcement that will require all of Georgia’s state and federal judges to sign an oath to uphold Georgia’s constitution and the rule of law.
“It’s not about who can do or say what,” Georgia Governor Nathan Deal told reporters after the court’s order was issued.
“It’s about who believes in Georgia’s core values, including the right to free speech and the right of the people to petition the government.”
In a video announcing the announcement, the governor said the state legislature will debate a bill to amend the constitution, and the courts will decide whether to uphold the constitution or overturn it.
“Our court system has to stay strong,” the governor told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Our court is the strongest in the country, and that is our job.
We’ve got to continue to uphold what the Constitution says, because it’s the best system for all Georgians.”
Georgia’s court system is one of the country’s most conservative.
The Georgia Supreme Court, a five-judge panel of five judges, was elected by voters in 2011.
The judges, who are elected for four-year terms, can choose to step down from the bench at any time.
The court has been criticized by civil rights groups for being too close to the political class and its political allies, including state lawmakers, and for not taking action against those who have defamed the court.
In an interview with the Washington Post last year, Georgia Governor Deal said the court has done its job in holding those who defame the court accountable, and “we are going to hold them accountable.”
“We have a court that’s independent from the political parties,” he said.
“We’ve got judges that are nonpartisan, that are not beholden to political interests.
We have judges that have never taken a position on a particular issue, that have stood up for the Constitution, and those are the judges that I will be taking into the courtrooms on Tuesday.”
Read moreGeorgia lawmakers are expected to debate the issue of an oath before the legislature.
The constitutionality of the oath was a major topic of discussion during a special session of the Georgia legislature last year.
In March, Georgia voters passed a measure that allows Georgia’s judges to take the oath and that the court will issue an executive order if the governor’s office wants to.
That order was put to a vote last month.