Organization & Process

Juvenile Court services youth under the age of seventeen.  This includes the arraignment, adjudication and disposition hearings in matters of delinquency, unruliness, deprivation and traffic.  Cases are heard by the juvenile court judge and disposition made when the juvenile is found to be delinquent and in need of treatment and rehabilitation.  The court also hears all cases alleging dependency including those cases referred by the Division of Family and Children Services.  In addition, the court hears cases that are transferred from the Superior Court involving custody, visitation and child support.

Administration
The daily operations of the Juvenile Court are administered by five employees, two deputies and a court reporter with a combined experience of over 60 years.  The tasks of answering questions from the public, scheduling hearings, notifying attorneys, scheduling interpreters, preparing court dockets, preparing court orders and recording case dispositions are some of responsibilities of the Court administration.

Office of the Clerk
The Office of the Clerk of Superior Court through designated Clerks for Juvenile Court has the responsibility of maintain all juvenile records.  All cases coming before the Juvenile Court are processed through the Clerk’s Office and files are forwarded to Juvenile Court.

The Clerk’s Office is responsible for recording all traffic citations, complaints, petitions, motions and orders filed in the Juvenile Court. The tasks of issuing summons and recording case dispositions are also the responsibility of the Clerk’s Office.

For general inquiries regarding records or the payment of fines and fees, the Clerk’s Office can be contacted by calling 706-821-1230.  

Program Development & Services
Program Services staff coordinates the programming that is delivered to youth who come to the attention of the Juvenile Court.  The Juvenile Court places an emphasis on utilizing programs and services that have demonstrated successful outcomes or have been proven by research to be effective at reducing recidivism.  Often referred to as Promising Practices and Evidence Based Practices respectively, the Juvenile Court actively seeks community-based service providers who adhere to the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Model Programs Guide.  Youth who are on probation, as well as those who are supervised under informal adjustment agreements are referred to these services by their supervising court officers.

Most programs offered by the Juvenile Court or its community partners require parental participation, which empowers the parent to reinforce the information at home, thereby increasing the Juvenile Court’s effectiveness with their children.  Our programs require a referral from the child’s court officer, probation officer, school resource officer or school administrator.