The Honorable James F. Bass, Jr.

Chatham County Superior Court: Eastern Judicial Circuit

Room 421, Chatham County Courthouse
133 Montgomery Street
Savannah, Ga 31401
(912) 652-7154
(912) 652-7512 Fax

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Judicial Administrative Assistant: Gloria Frazier 
Staff Attorney: Ann Searcy

Case Assistance  

Criminal Cases
If you require assistance or information regarding a pending criminal case assigned to Judge Bass, please contact his Criminal Case Manager, Shana Cribbs Frye at (912) 652-7137.

Civil Cases
If you require assistance or information regarding a pending civil case assigned to Judge Bass, please contact his Administrative Assistant, Gloria Frazier at (912) 652-7154.

Drug Court  

Judge Bass is responsible for Chatham County's:
Drug Court Program

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Judge Bass's Judicial Biography  

Judge James F. Bass, Jr. was appointed to the Superior Court on May 18, 1995 by Governor Zell Miller. Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Bass was the Supervising Attorney for the Savannah Regional Office of the Georgia Legal Services Program. He formerly served as Chairman of the Access to Justice and Fairness in the Courts committee of the Council of Superior Court Judges from 2000-2008, and Chairman of the Georgia State Commission on Family Violence from 2006-2009. Additionally he was a member of the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Marriage, Children and Family Law from 2007-2009, the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Equality and the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Drug Courts from 2006-2009. He currently serves on the Access to Justice Committee, and the Accountability and Treatment Courts Committee of the Council of Superior Court Judges. Judge Bass began the first Accountability Court in Chatham County on October 2, 2001 with the establishment of the Savannah-Chatham County Drug Court. The Savannah-Chatham County Drug Court was designated as a National Mentor Drug Court from 2013-2016 and 2017-2019 by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the National Drug Court Institute. 

As for private organizations, he formerly served on the Beach Institute Historic Neighborhood Association, 1981-1983; Chatham/Effingham Regional Board for Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse 1995-8; Chatham/Savannah Citizens Advocacy Inc., Chatham/Savannah Youth Authority Advisory Council from 1990-1995; City of Savannah's Crime Collaborative from 1993-4; Board of Directors Parent and Child Developmental Services Inc, from 1983-1986; Tidelands Mental Health/Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Community Service Board from 1991-1994; Board of Trustees for St. Joseph/Candler Hospital System 1994-2010 and currently; Advisory Board of African American Heath Center of St. Joseph/ Candler Health System; Board of Directors American Diabetes Association of Savannah from 1996-1998; Board of Directors of Coastal Children Advocacy Center Inc. 1994-5; Union Mission Society from 1997-2000; Advisory Board of Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum from 2001-2002; and the Savannah Area Health Collaborative from 2005-2008.

Judge Bass also served as an adviser to the Male Initiative and the Fatherhood Programs of the Equal Opportunity Authority of Savannah Inc. from 1993-1998; Project Alpha and Megagenesis Programs of Beta Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity from 1985-present, the Young Men of Honor Program of Spencer Elementary School from 2013 to the present, the Youth Leadership Academy, and the Court’s in Session programs of the 100 Black Men of Savannah from 2015-present and Board of Trustees for St. Joseph/Candler Hospital System from 2012 to the present.

After earning a bachelor's degree, cum laude with honors, in history from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey in 1972, Judge Bass went on to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the College of Law, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1977.

Judge Bass received the Reginald Huber Smith Fellowship in Community Service Law Award in 1977 and was named Man of the Year by the Beta Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in 1995. He was also the recipient of the Robbie E. Robinson Award by the Savannah Bar Association in 1991, the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service by the State Bar of Georgia in 2008, Special Recognition Award by Safe Shelter of Savannah in 2010, W.W. Law Legacy Award from the King-Tisdale Cottage Foundation in 2011, the Champion of Justice Award from the Georgia Legal Services Program in 2016, the Lifetime Achievement Award of 100 Black Men of Savannah in 2018, and the Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Star Award in 2018,  Recognition of Support of Summer Bonanza Partnership, Inc. in 2018, and the Star Award from Council of Accountability Court Judges in 2018.

Currently, Judge Bass is a member of 100 Black Men of Savannah, a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. , Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Inc., and the Frogs Inc. of Savannah. Judge Bass is married to Janice Green Bass and has a son James III, daughter in law Jennifer, and granddaughter Riley.

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