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Judge Ann B. Harris

Judge Harris was elected to the Superior Court bench in July of 2014.  Since taking the bench in January, 2015, she has presided over a number of criminal jury trials involving murder, rape, child molestation and armed robbery.  She has also conducted numerous bench trials in the domestic arena dealing with issues of divorce, alimony, child custody and support.  She also presides over Cobb County’s first Parental Accountability Court, a programmatic alternative to incarceration that seeks to transform chronic non-payers of child support into self-sufficient financially-supportive parents through education, substance abuse treatment and job assistance and placement.  In 2017, Judge Harris has been participating in a cooperative effort with the Republic of Georgia and the U.S. State Department to promote the independence and transparency of the Georgian justice system, to assist the Georgian judiciary in court and jury trial management, and to strengthen the rule of law in that country.

Judge Harris earned her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University in 1994, and her Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Auburn University, where she graduated with high honors in 1984.  Judge Harris is originally from Birmingham, Alabama.  She and her husband Jim have been married for 32 years and live in Smyrna with their two rescue dogs Willie and Bert. 

Legal Experience

After finishing law school, Judge Harris served the people of Cobb County as an assistant district attorney for 19 years.  As a senior assistant district attorney, she prosecuted all types of serious felony offenses in Superior Court, including murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and child cruelty.  She prosecuted a double homicide that resulted in the jury’s return of a death penalty verdict, as well as the first case of felony elder abuse in the state of Georgia.

While in the District Attorney’s office, she served as an instructor for both law enforcement and fellow prosecutors in principles of constitutional law and trial practice and procedure.   Judge Harris sat for several years on the regional Human Trafficking Taskforce and has lectured state and local prosecutors, governmental organizations and civic groups on the subject.  She helped draft the first human trafficking laws in Georgia in 2006.  In conjunction with federal prosecutors, she traveled to the Baltic region to introduce their prosecutors to the adversarial system of justice and effective criminal investigations and prosecutions.  Judge Harris is admitted to practice in the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court (Northern District) and the U.S. Supreme Court.   She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Cobb County Bar Association.

Business Experience

After graduating from Auburn, Judge Harris worked as a senior consultant with Andersen Consulting, an international management consulting and technology services company (now operating as Accenture), where she managed the functional review and analysis of business information needs for clients in a variety of industries, and directed the development and implementation of integrated software solutions.  Several years later she joined Atlanta-based Equifax, where she managed the Information Systems Audit Department in reviewing the security and effectiveness of software systems supporting the company’s operations.

Civic Involvement

Judge Harris is active in the Cobb community, particularly in the Smyrna Optimist Club, where she is a past president and member of the board of directors, chair of several committees and recipient of the Service to the Community Award.  She serves on committees for the Cancer Society Swordsman’s Ball and 100+ Women Against Domestic Violence.   She was a member of Honorary Commanders (2012) and Leadership Cobb (2004), and remains active with both groups.  She has served as an attorney-coach for Campbell High School Mock Trial Team and as a judge for the Georgia High School Regional Mock Trial Competition.  Judge Harris is a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, as well as several business associations in the county.