• Judge Brian Ross

    Judge Brian K. Ross hails from Columbus, Georgia where he graduated from Kendrick High School in 1989. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida in 1993. Upon graduation, he served as an officer in the United States Army, where he was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. In 1996, Brian left the Army to attend the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was selected to be a member of the Order of Barristers honors organization.


    In his legal career prior to his appointment to State Court, Brian served as a prosecuting attorney and as an attorney in private practice.


    In June 2013, Brian was named as the head of the Crimes Against Women section of the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office. In that position, he was responsible for reviewing and prosecuting all cases involving crimes against female victims ages 13 and older in multiple courtrooms in the Clayton Judicial Circuit.

    On July 30, 2015, Brian was named to serve as a Judge on the State Court of DeKalb County, Traffic Division, by Governor Nathan Deal. Shortly thereafter, he was selected to serve as the Traffic Division's first Presiding Judge.


    He is married to Eleanor L. Ross and they are the proud parents of two daughters.



    * Juris Doctor - The University of Georgia School of Law (1999)

    * Bachelor's of Science - Florida A & M University (1993)

    Legal Organizations

    *Gate City Bar Association

    *DeKalb Bar Association

    *DeKalb Lawyers Association (Former President)

    Personal and Community

    *Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

    *Florida A & M Alumni Assn. Metro Atlanta Chapter (Life Member)

    *New Life Baptist Church

    *Leadership DeKalb - Class of 2018

    *W.C. Thomas Lodge #112


    Military Service

    *United States Army Field Artillery Officer (1994-1996), Ft. Benning, GA

    *Graduate of Army Airborne School


  • About State Court

    The State Court was created by the acts of the Legislature of 1951, as amended. The State Court became a Constitutional Court in 1983, and has jurisdiction within the territorial limits of DeKalb County.


    The State Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the Superior Court over misdemeanor criminal cases as well as civil cases except for those which Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction.


    State Court Traffic Division judges are not limited in their ability to hear and decide any matter within the jurisdiction of the court, although they only hear and decide matters assigned to them by order of the Chief Judge of the State Court.


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