Honorable Horace J. Johnson, Jr.
The Honorable Horace J. Johnson, Jr. served since 2002 as a Superior Court Judge in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit which includes Newton and Walton Counties. A native of Newton County, Judge Johnson completed his undergraduate studies at Oxford College(A.A.) and Emory School of Business (B.B.A.) attaining his juris doctorate from The University of Georgia in 1982.
Judge Johnson’s leadership activities included a graduate of Leadership Newton County (1986), Leadership DeKalb County (1991) and Leadership Georgia (2002). His community involvement included Past President, Arts Association of Newton County; Board of Counselors, Oxford College of Emory University; Leadership Georgia Foundation, Board of Trustees(2010 Chairman); Board of Directors, Inaugural Advisory Board Member, J.W. Fanning Institute at The University of Georgia; Washington Street Community Center, Board of Directors; Founding Board of Directors; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Life Member), and the Covington Kiwanis Club (President 2018-19). 2016 Robert O. Arnold Award recipient presented by the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce for exemplary community service and achievement.
His professional accomplishments included his serving as Past President of the State of Georgia Council of Superior Court Judges, that body’s first African-American leader. Judge Johnson has served as a designated judge on the Georgia Supreme Court. In addition to his regular court dockets, he presided over a Parental Accountability Court addressing child support matters in both Newton and Walton Counties along with a Veterans Treatment Court designed specifically for veterans with criminal charges resulting from substance and/or mental health issues. In February 2017, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the State of Bar of Georgia’s Chief Justice Commission on Professionalism for his long and exemplary community service. In June 2019, Judge Johnson was named by the Daily Report as a Distinguished Leader in the Georgia legal community.
He and his wife, Michelle are active members of Columbia Drive United Methodist Church where he proudly served. They are the proud parents of two sons, H. James, III and Bryant.