Judge Bucci To Hear Georgia Supreme Court Case
Atlanta, Jan. 3, 2018 – Superior Court Judge Dean Carlos Bucci of the Paulding Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Nels S. D. Peterson in the appeal of Tenet Healthsystem GB, Inc. (doing business as) Atlanta Medical Center v. Thomas (S17G1021). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case on Jan. 8, 2018 during its 10:00 A.M. session. In this case, the Atlanta Medical Center is appealing a Georgia Court of Appeals decision that allows an amended medical malpractice lawsuit against it to go forward. In addition to hearing arguments, Judge Bucci will participate in the Court’s decision. Judge Bucci, 46, was appointed to the Paulding County Superior Court by Gov. Nathan Deal on Jan. 7, 2015. He was elected in 2016 without opposition. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Bucci was in private law practice in Dallas, GA with the firm of Plumley & Bucci, LLC.Judge Bucci obtained two undergraduate degrees from Georgia Southern University in 1994 – a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Spanish. He obtained a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1997.
In addition to his regular civil and criminal caseload, Judge Bucci initiated and presides over the Paulding Judicial Circuit Drug Court Program. He has held membership in several bar associations and is currently a member of the Paulding and the Cobb County Bar Associations. He chaired the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Committee on Ethics and Professionalism and later served many years as a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Professionalism Committee. He is currently a member of the Charles L. Weltner Family Law Inn of Court.
Judge Bucci has served on the board of Paulding County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Shepherd’s Rest Ministries, and the Paulding Court Appointed Special Advocates Advisory Board. He has volunteered in the children’s ministry at West Ridge Church, served as the Committee Chair of Cub Scouts Pack 1916, and spent many years coaching children’s baseball and soccer.
Judge Bucci resides in Dallas, GA where he and his family are members of West Ridge Church. (Designated judges are appointed when a justice must recuse himself or herself from a particular case. The Supreme Court of Georgia maintains a list of select judges from around the state and when the need arises, the Court appoints the next judge on the list.)