Judge Richard Hicks was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Northside High School. He obtained a B.A. degree in 1962 from Wake Forest University. Richard served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1962 until 1966. He then continued his education at Emory Law School where he obtained his law degree.
Judge Hicks became a member of the Georgia Bar Association in 1969. He served as a Fulton County Assistant District Attorney from 1970 until 1992. He argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in Chaffin v. Stynchcomb 412 US 17 (1972).
In 1994 he was appointed as a Magistrate Judge for Superior Court of Fulton County and served in a part-time capacity until his appointment in April 2000 as a full-time Magistrate Judge. Judge Hicks has also served as a Judge in Environmental Court as well as a Municipal Court Judge in the City of Mountain Park and the City of Roswell.
Judge Hicks and his wife, Marion, have three children and nine grandchildren.