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Burt one of states first judges to complete new training
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Probate Judge Jennifer E. Burt of Dawson County successfully completed in-depth judicial training requirements through the Georgia Probate Court Judges Certificate Program.

She is one of the first probate court judges in Georgia to complete the 72-hour professional development curriculum. Judges and associate judges who finished their coursework are eligible to receive certificates at the Georgia Probate Court Judges Annual Meeting in April.

"Through the Georgia Probate Court Judges Certificate Program, these dedicated judicial officials acquire critical knowledge and professional skills to help them better serve the public and their communities," said Laura Meadows, director of the Institute of Government.

The Georgia Probate Court Judges Certificate Program is a basic course coordinated by the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government in collaboration with the Council of Probate Court Judges and the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education at UGA.

The Institute of Government inaugurated the certificate program in 2012 to enhance the proficiency of probate court judges and associate judges throughout Georgia. The program provides critical training in the skills necessary to administer probate courts in an efficient, professional manner. Coursework allows judges to strengthen their command of court procedures, gain deeper insight into the intricacies of guardianships and estates, and more.

Judges must successfully complete 12 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain the certificate.