On July 1, 2005, Justice Harold Melton was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by Governor Sonny Perdue.
Prior to joining the Court, Justice Melton served as Executive Counsel to Governor Perdue, representing the Governor on legal issues covering the entire scope of state government. Justice Melton helped safeguard Georgia’s interests in water rights disputes with Alabama and Florida, and actively participated in administration efforts to advance the delivery of criminal justice services in the State.
Before serving as Executive Counsel, Justice Melton spent eleven years in the Georgia Department of Law under two Attorneys General where he dealt with issues ranging from the creation of the Georgia Lottery Corporation to the administration of Georgia's tobacco settlement. Prior to leaving to join the Governor's Office, Justice Melton served as Section Leader over the Consumer Interests Division.
Justice Melton received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1991. He previously served as a Volunteer Leader of Young Life Ministries for 11 years, is currently a Board Member of Atlanta Youth Academies and the Director of Teen Ministry at Southwest Christian Fellowship Church.
A native of Washington, D.C., Justice Melton grew up in East Point and Marietta. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife, Kimberly, and their three children.