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Juvenile Court Units

Court Administrator

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 

(770) 528-2501 

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.

Intake Unit

Rita Evans, Intake Supervisor 
(770) 528-2241 

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.

Assessment Unit

Rodney Savage, Assessment Coordinator

770-528-2389

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
(770) 528-2296

Vivian Roberts, MSW
(770) 528-2297

Valina Scotland, LPC
(770) 528-2276

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) 528-2220
(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 ccjcdocs@cobbcounty.com. An Entry of Appearance must be on file prior to the request being made.***

Probation Division

June Floyd, Chief Probation Officer

(770) 528-2274

Kathy Gorrell, Probation Supervisor

(770) 528-2249

Sharon Mashburn, Probation Supervisor

(770) 528-1094

Youth placed on probation, in most circumstances, will be supervised by a probation officer. Probation will hold youth accountable for their actions in accordance with court orders through various means. Probation works closely with the youth and their family to encourage positive behavior change through partnering the youth with relevant programs, services, and treatments. Cobb County Juvenile Court works closely with numerous community organizations and partners to provide individualized behavioral interventions that are targeted specifically to the youth’s risks and needs.

Cobb County Juvenile Probation provides a variety of options for the supervision and case management of youth. Options include but are not limited to family and individual therapy, RISING, Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, mental health assessment/counseling, drug and alcohol assessment, anger management, YLS/CMI 2.0, mentor programs, leadership programs, educational tutoring, sex offender supervision, and gang suppression. Providing a variety of options ensures children involved with the Cobb County Juvenile Court are given the best opportunity to complete their probation successfully with the goal of a safer community for everyone.

Restorative Programs Division

Carlene Redmond - Court Program Administrator

770-528-2286

The Restorative 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 Restorative Programs Division seeks to instill new attitudes, reintegrate productive citizens, and promote functional families. 

Promoting Safety While Restoring Dreams

Paula Cheatham - Judicial Administrative Technician

770-528-1034

Maricruz Garcia - Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program Coordinator

770-528-2285

Emma Walton, LMSW - Family Treatment Court (FTC) Program Coordinator

770-528-3342

Pre-Adjudication Unit

Bridget Jones- Pre-Adjudication Unit Supervisor

770-528-2042

Michael Figueras- Pre-Adjudication Unit Coordinator

770-528-2284

The Pre-Adjudication Unit is comprised of a Supervisor, Coordinator, and two Probation Officers. This unit oversees Children In Need of Services (CHINS), Diversion, Delinquency Mediation, and Peer Court. The goal is to divert cases from the formal court process by connecting families to community resources, assisting parents with advocating for their children, and allowing juveniles an opportunity to take accountability for their actions.

CHINS

The Children In Need of Services (CHINS) team proactively seeks to offer guidance, support, and supervision to youth who are charged with offenses due to their minor age status. The team works with families to reduce and eliminate formal court involvement by offering resources and providing interventions while continuing to reassess the needs of the youth and family. By developing individualized case plans while collaborating with service providers and community partners, the team works to empower families seeking to overcome truancy, ungovernable behaviors, and elopement issues.

Diversion

Diversion serves as a path to redirect low risk youth, who have been charged with first-time misdemeanor offenses, from formal court involvement thereby freeing up resources for other youth requiring high level supervision.   Youth who admit to the offense with which they have been charged enter an Informal Adjustment agreement. The case can remain open for up to 90 days while the youth completes community service, essays, letters of apology, and/or participate in therapeutic services. Upon successful completion of the conditions set forth in the Informal Adjustment, youth qualify to have their record sealed.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit

Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation) is used in Juvenile Court dependency matters involving reunification case plans, child placement, visitation, etc. There is no charge to mediation participants in dependency matters. Mediation is also considered for all first-time delinquent offenses and first-time misdemeanors if the victim and/or complainant is willing to participate. Victims and complainants are not charged to participate.

Mediation sessions are informal, confidential, and non-adversarial. The goal is to have all sides reach a resolution or amicable agreement that addresses their concerns. Mediation sessions are conducted by registered neutrals who have completed a rigorous schedule of training, observations, and certification through the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. They are professionals within the community.

Research shows that when people are part of the process to define their issues and create agreeable solutions, they tend to comply with the agreements more exactly than compliance with a court order from a judge. For more information, call 770-528-1034.