Welcome to the Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia Website
I want to take the opportunity to welcome you to the Council of Juvenile Court Judges website. This website allows you to seek and gather a great deal of information about the work that we do to help the families and children of this state. The work that we handle involves issues of dependency, delinquency and more recently, children in need of services.
The Juvenile Court System of Georgia is unique unto itself. In 2014, the State of Georgia enacted a new Juvenile Code that changed our way of doing business. Indigent parties are given court appointed attorneys and children are represented at all times. Even the terms we use are unique to us. For example, we use the word delinquent instead of guilty and the word disposition instead of sentencing. Children that are abused or neglected are called dependent. We supply constant oversight to dependent families by conducting numerous hearings in order to ensure that a child has the best opportunity to stay at home or return home. In extreme cases, we must make hard decisions regarding termination of parental rights so that a child can have permanency in a proper home environment.
We have a wide range of regions that we serve. We serve the metro area, suburban and rural area. Our Judges are a mix of full time judges, part time Judges and associate judges.
Of course, we do not do this alone. There are many stakeholders in the community that help us. In addition to State agencies such as the Department of Family and Children Services and Department of Juvenile Justice, we are also in collaboration with local school districts, District Attorneys’ Offices, Public Defenders’ Offices, Mental Health providers, and so forth.
In addition to dealing with problems of neglect and abuse, Juvenile Courts work with those partners to address social issues affecting children and families today arising out of substance abuse, domestic violence, and untreated mental health issues. Our mission is to balance the needs of the community with the needs of the individual who has committed a delinquent act by searching out needed resources and developing plans for children in need of services (CHINS).
The Council of Juvenile Court Judges oversees this important work through the Executive Committee, standing committees on various matters, and our staff which is led by our Executive Director.
Thank you for your interest in the Juvenile Court of Georgia.
Honorable Benjamin 'Ben' Brinson
Chief Juvenile Court Judge / Atlantic Judicial Circuit
President, Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia