Andy Prather was born in and is
a lifelong resident of Columbus, Georgia.. 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 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 Atlanta
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 31901.
Judge Prather 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 accordingly.
Jury trial 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 Seattle
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 Government
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.
Special thanks to the great staff of the Columbus Consolidated
Government's Information Technology Department for making this web service
for the public possible.