|Danielle Ashby||Staff Attorney|
|Niurka Luna||Calendar Clerk|
Judge Brian K. Ross was appointed to serve as a judge for the State Court of DeKalb County by Governor Nathan Deal in July of 2015. Shortly thereafter, he was selected to serve as the Division B’s first Presiding Judge.
Judge Ross was raised in Columbus, Georgia and he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida in 1993. Upon graduation, Judge Ross served as a Field Artillery officer in the United States Army, where he successfully completed Army Airborne School and was deployed to Southwest Asia during Operation Vigilant Warrior. In 1996, Judge Ross left the Army to attend the University of Georgia School of Law, where he competed as a member of the school’s American Bar Association Moot Court team, and was inducted into The Order of Barristers.
Early in his legal career, Judge Ross served as a prosecuting attorney in the Newton County District Attorney’s Office. Shortly thereafter, he entered the private practice of law. From June 2003 until June 2013, he practiced in the areas of criminal defense and domestic relations and handled matters in every class of court in Georgia.
In June 2013, Judge Ross returned to prosecution 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 cases involving felony crimes against female victims ages 13 and older in multiple divisions of the Clayton Judicial Circuit.
Judge Ross is active in the bar and the community and has served as President of the DeKalb Lawyers Association and as the American Bar Association Judicial Division’s Liaison to the ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center Advisory Council. Currently, he is the State Bar of Georgia’s appointee to the Georgia Code Revision Commission, and the Chair of the Gate City Bar Association’s Judicial Section
Judge Ross is married to the Honorable Eleanor L. Ross of the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, and they are the proud parents of two daughters.
House Bill 77 Legislation passed in July 2021 and made effective January 1, 2022. The new law, provides that the current Jury Division be renamed DIVISION A. The name Jury Division will not be used on and forward of January 1, 2022 and shall be referred to as DIVISION A of DeKalb County State Court. Please click the following link to access House Bill 77 Legislation. https://gov.georgia.gov/document/2021-signed-legislation/hb-777/download
House Bill 77 Legislation passed in July 2021 and made effective January 1, 2022. The new law, provides that the current Traffic Division be renamed DIVISION B and courtrooms enumerated as State Court Divisions B-8 (formerly Division A), Division B-9 (formerly Division B), Division B-10 (formerly Division C), and Division B-11 (formerly Division D). The name Traffic Division will not be used on and forward of January 1, 2022 and shall be referred to as DIVISION B of DeKalb County State Court. Please click the following link to access House Bill 77 Legislation. https://gov.georgia.gov/document/2021-signed-legislation/hb-777/download