Judge Ann B. Harris
Judge Harris was elected to the Superior Court bench in July of 2014. In addition to fulfilling her duties as a superior court judge, Judge Harris also presides over Cobb County’s first Parental Accountability Court, a programmatic alternative to incarceration that seeks to transform chronic non-payers of child support into financially supportive parents through employment assistance and placement, education and substance abuse treatment. She currently serves on the Council of Superior Court Judges’ Committees on Pattern Jury Instructions, Court Technology and Accountability Courts. Judge Harris is admitted to practice in the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court (Northern District) and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the Weltner Family Law Inn of Court and the Cobb County Bar Association.
Prior to taking the bench, Judge Harris served the people of Cobb County as an assistant district attorney for 19 years. She prosecuted all types of serious felony offenses in Superior Court, including murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and child cruelty. She helped draft the first human trafficking laws in Georgia in 2006 and sat for several years on the Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. She tried the first case of felony elder abuse in the state of Georgia as well as a double homicide that resulted in the jury’s return of a death penalty verdict. While in the District Attorney’s office, she served as an instructor for law enforcement and fellow prosecutors in principles of constitutional law and trial practice and procedure. In conjunction with federal prosecutors, she traveled to the Baltic region to introduce their prosecutors to the adversarial system of justice and effective criminal investigations and prosecutions. Judge Harris earned her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University in 1994, and her bachelor of science degree in finance from Auburn University, where she graduated with high honors in 1984.
Prior to her legal career, Judge Harris worked for several years as a senior consultant with Andersen Consulting, an international management consulting and technology services company (now operating as Accenture), where she managed the functional review and analysis of business information needs for clients in a variety of industries, and directed the development and implementation of integrated software solutions. She then joined Atlanta-based Equifax, where she managed the Information Systems Audit Department in reviewing the security and effectiveness of software systems supporting the company’s operations.
Judge Harris is active in the Cobb community. She serves on the Board of Directors of MUST Ministries, a volunteer-driven organization serving those in need across Cobb and Cherokee Counties. She is also a longtime member of the Smyrna Optimist Club, where she is a past president and member of the board of directors, chair of several committees and recipient of the Service to the Community Award. She is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Cobb and has been an active member of Cobb’s Honorary Commanders Association since 2012. She has served as an attorney-coach for Campbell High School Mock Trial Team and as a judge for the Georgia High School Regional Mock Trial Competition. Judge Harris is a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, as well as several business associations in the county.
Judge Harris is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. She and her husband Jim have been married for 32 years and live in Smyrna with their two rescue dogs Willie and Bert.