Notice on Court Operations

Please read the below documents as this relates to all Chatham County Courts

Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency (April 6th)

Courthouse Entry Procedures (March 24th)

Court Memorandum (March 24th)

Statewide Judicial Emergency Order (March 16th)

Administrative Order on PPE/Mask/Face Coverings (May 22nd)

Order Establishing Guidelines for In-Person Court Proceedings - Eastern Judicial Circuit (June 3)

Order Declaring Judicial Emergency and Temporary Closure of J. Tom Coleman Judicial Building (July 8th)

Juvenile Court shall remain open only to address essential functions necessary to protect the health, safety, and liberty of individuals. That shall include, but is not limited to, detention, and dependency emergency removal matters. If you have a hearing and are sick, contact the court before coming. For questions about Juvenile Court matters, please contact your attorney, see the Chatham County Juvenile Court website, or call 912-652-6700.

In compliance with the directive of the Supreme Court of Georgia which declared a statewide judicial emergency due to the coronavirus and COVID 19, the Chatham Juvenile Court will, until further notice, conduct hearings by video and telephone conference. Public access to any hearing will be allowed through video conference provided that you contact the Juvenile Court at least 24 hours in advance. You may contact us by emailing us at the following email address: juvclerk@chathamcounty.org. A docket for all hearings will be posted on the Juvenile Court main entry way door.

For questions about Juvenile Court matters, please contact your attorney, see the Chatham County Juvenile Court website, or email us at juvclerk@chathamcounty.org or you can call us at 912-652-6700.

About The Court

The Juvenile Court is responsible for handling all delinquent complaints concerning children who are under the age of 17 years. However, in cases involving a Child in Need of Services (CHINS) or dependent children the age limit is extended to those under the age of 18 years. Complaints may be initiated by a parent, victim, law enforcement, social service agencies, or other interested parties having knowledge.


Court Administration

The Court Administrator plans, coordinates, and directs all of the administrative operations of the Juvenile Court. The administrator oversees the personnel and financial management functions of the court.

The court is organized into four sections: Probation Staff, Clerk’s Office, Panel Coordination, and Support Staff. A supervisor is assigned to oversee each division. Probation staff screens the complaints and determines the appropriate course of action. The probation staff also provides supervision to those youth placed under supervision of the court. The Clerk of Court provides assistance to all officers of the court and the public in filing of all traffic, delinquent, and dependency matters concerning juveniles, records all juvenile hearings and maintains all juvenile court records. The Panel Coordinator handles authorizations for shelter cares, as well as, coordinates and organizes panel reviews for children in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.

Juvenile Court Administrator: (912) 652-6721