Judicial selection, 2022

  • Elected

  • Appointed

  • Combination

Judicial specialization, 2022

  • All mixed case types

  • Mostly mixed

  • Mostly specialized

Caseload assignment, 2022

  • Mixed assignment methods

  • Individual discretion

  • Statute/State court rules

Judicial experience, training, and tools, 2022

  • Qualification Requirements

  • Required Annual Training

  • Required Risk/Need Assessments and Pre-Dispositional Reports

  • Juvenile Justice Bench Books

Courtroom shackling, 2015

No statewide restriction

Competency, 2015

Georgia’s juvenile code of statutes dedicates an article to competency for youth alleged delinquent or a “child in need of services” (status offenses), which aligns with the Dusky standard. The bases for incompetency include: age, immaturity, mental illness, developmental disability, or a combination of mental illness and developmental disability. An attorney is appointed for the child prior to evaluation. Statutory procedures include: criteria for the evaluation/report, competency restoration services, and planning. Once found incompetent, the court can review the matter, pending restoration, for up to 120 days if allegations were misdemeanor-level, or for 2 years with 6 month reviews if the allegations were felonious. A juvenile is not subject to transfer to (adult) criminal court when mental incompetency exists.

  • No juvenile standard

  • Juvenile standard is the adult standard

  • Juvenile justice standard exists

  • JJ standard includes developmental immaturity

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Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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