Adolphus Graves, Juvenile Court Administrator
Mimi Morrison, Admin Assistant (770) 528-2271
The Court Administrator is responsible for assisting in the planning, directing and overseeing of non-judicial operations and staff of the Juvenile Court. The office of the Court Administrator is responsible for: the management of all court activities and programs, monitoring administrative court operations and financial functions, and participating in the development and implementation of goals and objectives for the Court.
The Court Administrator communicates with Juvenile Court Judges and other officials concerning administrative and programming issues as presented. As complex issues arise, process change recommendations are developed, considered, and implemented to ensure that the Court’s procedural guidelines are sustainably aligned with national, state and local best practice standards.
Court Support Division
Janesta Nairn, Court Support Manager
Research shows that the manifestation of CHINS and delinquent behavior in youth can stem from multiple social, physical, mental, and educational factors. This conundrum presents a concern for the Juvenile Justice system, requiring immediate action to offset a deeper penetration in the system. The Court Support Division was designed to identify and recommend viable front-end services to the juveniles and families at the initiation of a case in Cobb County Juvenile Court. The Court Support Division entails the Intake Department, Assessment Department and Family Therapist Unit.
Rita Evans, Intake Supervisor
The Intake Unit of the Juvenile Court is comprised of one supervisor and three full-time intake officers. The intake officers handle the juvenile cases from the time the complaint is received in the unit until a recommendation for handling the case is made. The intake officers make the initial contact with parents/legal custodians, victims and law enforcement. They gather information to make recommendations regarding the handling of cases. Many first offenders can be dealt with effective through an informal process that addresses the complaint without a formal appearance before a Judge. If a case must be handled formally, the intake officer will prepare the case to be sent to the District Attorney’s Office for petitioning.
The Intake Unit assists the public with filing runaway and ungovernable complaints and dependency petitions and motions.
Rodney Savage, Assessment Coordinator
The Assessment Unit is a newly designed department that formulates reports based on data gathered during the initial formal interview. These cases are referred by the Intake Department or from Court to ensure that each youth charged with a delinquency matter by the Juvenile Court receives a comprehensive risk, needs, and responsivity assessment to ensure that the youth’s needs are properly identified and that cases are routed for services at the onset. Additionally, all CHINS charges will undergo a formal interview to gather data, recommend supportive services, and promptly route the case for All assessments are evidence-based and complies with best practices in the Juvenile Justice Field.
Family Therapist Unit
Cicily Edwards, MA, LPC
Vivian Roberts, MSW
Valina Scotland, LPC
The Cobb County Juvenile Court therapists are licensed or licensed eligible clinicians who provide support to the Judiciary by assisting youth and families involved with this court, with accessing the mental/behavioral health services needed. Each therapist provides crisis intervention services. The therapists are also actively engaged in collaborating with community agencies to ensure that juveniles receive services based on their risk to the community and individual needs. Each therapist is assigned to a specific unit within the Court, where clinical services for their specific units are provided.
Clerk of Court
Jennifer L. Lehr, Esq. – Clerk of Court
(770) 528-2561 (Fax)
(770) 528-2264 (Traffic Line)
The Clerk of Court’s duties are statutory in nature and are found in the Official Code of Georgia; the Clerk is also mandated to follow the Uniform Rules of the Juvenile Courts of the State of Georgia. The Clerk is responsible for maintaining accurate and complete records of all juvenile court proceedings, maintaining court calendars, including scheduling hearings, and sending hearing notices to parties for all CCJC cases, including traffic matters. In addition, all court ordered fees, fines and restitution payments are received and disbursed by the Clerk.
The Clerk of Juvenile Court and the deputy clerks are committed to providing you with excellent customer service. We can process all information requests, including requests for certified documents, and can provide general information regarding the juvenile court and its divisions assist you with questions regarding any services this office can offer, however; we are prohibited from answering any legal matters or giving legal advice.
The Juvenile Court can accept payments in the form of cash, money order, personal checks, or credit cards (Visa & MasterCard only). We cannot accept credit cards for restitution payments. The Juvenile Court will only accept a credit card in person. The Juvenile Court will only accept a credit card from the authorized user with a picture ID.
***Attorneys of record may now request copies of file documents by emailing email@example.com. An Entry of Appearance must be on file prior to the request being made.***
|June Blackwell||Chief Probation Officer||(770) 528-2274||(770) 528-3349|
|Nicole Teague||Probation Supervisor||(770) 528-2278||(770) 528-2208|
|Eunice Coley||Probation Supervisor||(770) 528-2251||(770) 528-2208|
|Sharon Mashburn||Probation Supervisor||(770) 528-1094||(770) 528-2208|
June Blackwell, Chief Probation Officer
June Blackwell joins the Cobb County Juvenile Court with twenty two years of law enforcement experience. She began in Cherokee County as a detention officer in 1999 and retired as a sworn law enforcement officer at the rank of Major from Pickens County.
Blackwell obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership through Reinhardt University in 2011 and her Master's Degree in Justice Administration through Columbus State University in 2014. Blackwell continues to enhance her education, most recently obtaining a Paralegal Certification through the University of Georgia in 2020.
A key element in assisting youth involved with the Court is probation. Children placed on probation, in most circumstances, will be supervised by a probation officer. Their main responsibility is to ensure that the client is following or abiding by the Court’s order. To accomplish this task officers become familiar with the family situation, school progress, and personal development of the child. They also assist the child in completing conditions of their probation such as community service, school attendance, and completion of groups. In some circumstances officers will perform drug screens on client to ensure they are following the Court’s order. It is important that the probation officer makes face to face contact with clients. Physically seeing a child helps the officer assess their progress on probation and hopefully provides a level of deterrence. By focusing on a broad range of the child’s life, officers can better assist them in completing the Court’s probation order.
Cobb County Juvenile Court’s probation unit provides a variety of options for the supervision of clients. In many circumstances, an officer assigned to their school district will monitor a child placed on probation. These officers develop working relationships with school officials, counselors, and teachers in an effort to provide the best possible environment for the child to be successful. Other options for supervision include the Gang Suppression Program, the CHINS Program, the Alcohol and Substance Use Program, and the Sexual Offenders Caseload. Each of these caseloads or programs provides specialized treatment and rehabilitation for children with specific needs. Providing a variety of options ensures children involved with the Cobb County Juvenile Court are given the best opportunity to complete their probation successfully.
Carlene Redmond - Court Program Administrator
The Programs Division is comprised of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, the Family Treatment Court (FTC) program, the Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation Unit, and the Pre-Adjudication Unit (Diversion, Children in Need of Services (CHINS), Peer Court). This myriad of programs and resources operates to serve children who have experienced abuse or neglect, commercially exploited children, children whose caregivers have suffered from substance abuse, children with truancy issues, youth in need of early interventions to reduce risky behavior, and youth who are held accountable after a lapse in judgment. If in the child’s best interest, their caregivers are encouraged to assist in the child’s success.
Collaboratively working with local and state agencies, schools, community-based volunteers, clinicians, and other professionals, the Programs Division seeks to instill new attitudes, reintegrate productive citizens, and promote functional families.
Promoting Safety While Restoring Dreams
Paula Cheatham - Judicial Administrative Technician
Bridget Jones - Pre-Adjudication Unit Supervisor
Maricruz Garcia - Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program Coordinator
Emma Walton, LMSW - Family Treatment Court (FTC) Program Coordinator