Meet Judge Holly W. Veal
Superior Court Judge Holly W. Veal has served Henry County since 2018. She is the first woman and first African American to serve as Superior Court Judge in the Flint Judicial Circuit. She currently oversees the Henry County Adult Felony Drug Court Program, which was designated a statewide model court by the Council of Accountability Court Judges in 2019.
Judge Veal also leads the effort to implement a telecourt, a video-conference court aimed at reducing case backlog and diminishing safety risks for law enforcement officers having to transport inmates from around the state to Henry County. She also is spearheading the implementation of a written sexual harassment protocol for the county’s courts.
Appointed to the bench by former Governor Nathan Deal, Judge Veal brings more than 15 years of practicing law. Prior to her appointment, she served as a Magistrate Court judge, prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. She prosecuted cases in Henry, Houston and Clayton Counties, rising to the rank of senior assistant district attorney. She also worked as a public defender in Albany and operated her own criminal defense firm. She has earned recognition for her work as a prosecutor and defense lawyer, and argued before the Georgia Supreme Court.
Judge Veal serves on the board of directors of Hands of Hope Clinic. She also is a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Formal Advisory Opinion Board. The Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers recognized her for her work as chair of the Debra Blum Mental Health Committee.
Judge Veal’s passion for public service ignited while attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she worked to provide academic opportunities for at risk and disadvantaged students. As a teachers’ assistant with the Council on Legal Education Opportunity Inc. (CLEO), Judge Veal helped expand opportunities for low-income students. She also worked to help provide academic assistance to at-risk children in a classroom setting while working at the Pennsylvania Board of Education.
Judge Veal attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, on full merit scholarship and served as a staff member on the school’s Journal of Law, Technology and Policy. She graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelors’ degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration and healthcare administration.
Judge Veal lives in McDonough with her husband, Lindsey Veal, Jr., two daughters and two shih tzus.