Judge Tammy Stokes

Tammy Stokes is the Chief Judge of Chatham County’s Recorder’s Court in Savannah, Georgia, and Judge-elect for the Superior Court of the Eastern District (Chatham County).

She has served in Chatham County’s Recorder’s Court since 2004, and became Chief Judge in 2012, making county history both times as the first black woman judge, and first black chief judge. Prior to her current work, Stokes served as Judge Pro-Tempore for the City of Thunderbolt, Chatham County Probate Court, and Chatham County Juvenile Court, and owned a private law practice in Savannah from 1996-2004. Previously, Stokes served as an Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County, and Assistant Solicitor in Dekalb County Solicitor’s Office, and Juvenile Court. She began her law career as a staff attorney with the United States Board of Veteran Appeals in Washington, D.C.

Tammy Stokes received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Georgia. She calls herself a “triple dog” because she also graduated from A.E. Beach High School in Savannah, whose mascot is a bulldog, like the University of Georgia.

Tammy Stokes was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, where she now lives with her husband Larry. She dedicates her life to her hometown through her work and community involvement.