Juvenile Courts serve a specialized role in the Georgia judiciary, focusing on the well being of children, families and the public under the court's jurisdiction, providing guidance and control as necessary, while balancing the needs and best interests of the community.
The court has jurisdiction over most children under the age of 17 who are charged with violating any law or are deemed runaways, ungovernable, or beyond parental control. The court also hears all cases involving allegations of deprivation of children under the age of 18 found within its jurisdictions.
The mission of the Juvenile Court is to assist and protect children whose well-being is threatened, restoring them, if possible, as secure, law-abiding members of society. Under Georgia law, children under the jurisdiction of the court shall receive, preferably in their own homnese, the care, guidance and control that will be conducive to their welfare and in the best interests of the community.
Judge Robert Cullifer