|Judicial Council Approves Standards for Accountability Courts|
Atlanta, GA — On June 14, 2013, the Judicial Council of Georgia met at the State Bar of Georgia to approve standards for accountability courts. Standards for Adult Drug Courts, Juvenile Drug Courts, Mental Health Courts, and Family Dependency Treatment Courts were approved. Also approved were the FY 2014 Adult Drug Court Certification Application and the FY 2014 Mental Health Court Certification Application.
The Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgians recommended that the Judicial Council Accountability Court Committee define and publish standards and mandatory practices for accountability courts. Additionally, the Administrative Office of the Courts was charged with creating a certification and review process to ensure programs adhere to standards and best practices.
The 26-member Judicial Council of Georgia meets at least twice a year to act on policy and administrative matters of the judiciary. Judges of the appellate and trial courts at all levels are represented on the Council.