April 2018

Pilgrim: The Courthouse Dog

By: Former Judge Leslie Spornberger Jones

Few people would bat an eye to hear that the new employee in the courthouse has a detailed job description, much less that he has a business card. But when the co-worker is a four year-old black Labrador-Golden Retriever mix, eyebrows raise, and smiles abound. At least that has been the experience in Bartow and Gordon Counties since Pilgrim, the Courthouse Dog, arrived on the job on February 15, 2016. 

Judge Robin Shearer Explains the Benefits of Teen Courts

While researching Georgia’s Teen Courts, we got the chance to talk with Judge Robin Shearer, the Chief Judge of the Juvenile Court of Athens-Clarke County. Here is a summary of the conversation:

 

Teen Courts Seek to Provide Juveniles with a Jury of Their Peers across the State

By: Former Judge Leslie Spornberger Jones

Kari Poss (in selfie below with teen court participants) worked as a probation officer with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for years before she heard about a mock trial program for teens. “I started reading and learning more about it, and I became so interested in the program,” she says. Not long after that, she found her life moving in a new direction.

Riding the Pine with Judge Stephen Kelley

When the first superior courts were established in Georgia, there were just four counties divided into two judicial circuits.  As the state expanded, so did the number of counties and judicial circuits. Today Georgia's 159 counties are divided into 49 judicial circuits, many of which are multi-county circuits. In those circuits, judges "ride the pine" or "ride the circuit," traveling from county to county to hear cases.

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