Andy Prather was born in and is a lifelong resident of Columbus, Georgia.
He attended VES, received a BA from Rollins College in 1974, and a Juris Doctorate from Samford
University in 1977.
He was in private
law practice from 1977-1979, assistant solicitor 1980-1982, solicitor
1983-1993, and has been a state
court judge since 1994.
He also was the president of the Solicitors Association of Georgia in
1990, and president of the Columbus Younger Lawyers Club in 1988.
With regard to
traffic cases and criminal charges, please understand that the judge
is not permitted to talk to individuals about these cases outside of
court. He is subject to disciplinary action by the state if he does
so. If you have questions or comments about a traffic or criminal case,
please contact the county
prosecutor's office at (706) 653 4327.
With regard to civil
litigation, Judge Prather adheres to the Uniform Rules of State Court.
There are no set local rules. We
do ask that Attorneys from the Atlanta Metro area pay attention to Rule 6.1
regarding copies for the judge of civil motions filed here.
This rule, like the 55 MPH interstate highway speed limit, seems to be universally disregarded in the
area. The better practice is to
send a copy of the motion directly to the judge at P.O. Box 1340 Columbus, GA
31902, or, if a physical address is needed, 100 10th St. Columbus, GA
encourages informal “Casual Friday” type attire for non jury civil matters
held in chambers and in the courtroom. During
jury trials male attorneys are requested to wear a necktie but jackets are not
We anticipate a sexual discrimination claim on the necktie request the next time
the air conditioner malfunctions in July and will reconsider that policy
times are somewhat rigid for the convenience of the jurors.
Trials start at 8:30 AM, lunch is from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM and court
adjourns at 4:30 PM. Breaks are
taken as needed. This schedule is
varied only by the consent of the jurors. If
you have a high paid expert witness from
on the stand at 4:30 and his flight leaves at 8:00 PM that’s too bad.
Your witness is making a lot more than the $25.00 per day jury fee.
A cafeteria has
reopened on the ground floor of the courthouse.
Fax, telephone, photocopy, secretarial and internet services are NOT
available in Judge Prather’s office for visiting attorneys, their staff,
clients, and families. Security
considerations prohibit such accommodations. Cellular telephone reception is
excellent on the Eleventh Floor of the
. Judge Prather does not go into apoplectic shock if your cell phone rings
in the middle of a proceeding, however, you should expect sarcastic
commentary on the incident in open court.
If you have any
comments, suggestions, complaints, or requests regarding the
operation of Judge Prather's Office, feel free let us know. We constantly
strive to improve our service and make our operation more efficient for the
benefit of the citizens and legal community.
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