Gov. Nathan Deal swore in his appointees to three newly created positions on the Georgia Court of Appeals during a crowded ceremony Tuesday morning in the chambers of the House of Representatives.
The three new judges took their oaths in this order, creating their order of seniority on the now-15-member court: former Mountain Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman, 38; former Appalachian Circuit Superior Court Judge Amanda Mercier, 40; and Nels Peterson, 37, former chief legal officer to the Georgia university system as well as counsel to the governor and Attorney General Sam Olens.
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