Judge Joyette M. Holmes is a native of Valdosta, Georgia. Upon graduation from Valdosta High School, Judge Holmes went on to attend The University of Georgia where she earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Judge Holmes then went on to earn her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in Maryland.
Prior to being appointed as the Chief Magistrate Judge for the Cobb County Judicial Circuit, Judge Holmes served the citizens of Cobb County and the State of Georgia in numerous roles. Judge Holmes served as a prosecutor under District Attorney D. Victor Reynolds and Solicitor Barry Morgan. Judge Holmes also operated and served clients in private practice in the Law Office of Joyette Holmes.
Judge Holmes’ professional memberships include being a member in the Georgia Bar Association, the Cobb County Bar Association and the Northwest Georgia Bar Association. Her community involvement includes serving as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club and the Music on Wheels Foundation of America. She is also a member of the Cobb County Branch of the NAACP and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Judge Holmes is a member of Second St. John Full Gospel Church where she serves as the Scholarship Committee Chair and the Middle and High School Youth Mentor.
Judge Holmes was featured as one of Cobb Life Magazine’s “20 Rising Stars Under 40” and named as a Woman of Achievement for the Cobb County NAACP. Judge Holmes is married to Smyrna native Bridges Holmes and they have two daughters.