Christopher E. Ward

Deputy Chief Judge

Christopher E. Ward

Judge Christopher E. Ward was appointed to serve as judge in the Municipal Court of Atlanta by Mayor Kasim Reed in 2012. He currently presides over complex criminal matters.  Judge Ward is a native Atlantan, having graduated from North Fulton High School in 1989. Judge Ward received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Morehouse College in 1993. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law and became licensed to practice law in 1998.

Judge Ward began his career as a Staff Attorney with the Fulton County Public Defender's Office and joined the Fulton County District Attorney's Office thereafter where he prosecuted felony cases in various departments of the office including trial, major narcotics, illegal firearms, and community prosecution units. In 2007, he joined the Georgia Power Company as a Senior Staff Attorney focusing on eminent domain litigation, environmental law, corporate security, and real estate law matters. In 2008, Judge Ward was appointed to serve as an Associate Judge at the Fulton County Juvenile Court where he served on a pro bono basis.

Judge Ward is an active member of the Gate City Bar Association serving previously as the Chair of the Judicial Section and on the Executive Board. He served as an External Advisory Group member for the Justice Reinvestment Initiative for Fulton County and was a member of the 2015 Class of Leadership Atlanta. He was recently awarded the Gate City Bar Association’s President’s Award of Excellence. Judge Ward is a member of Cascade United Methodist Church, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Kappa Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.


Special Assistant: Tracy Armstead

Case Manager: Crystal Vianen

Judicial Assistant: JaVanna Holley