This is the homepage of the Northern Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court. This court serves the children and families of Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison and Oglethorpe Counties in Georgia.
Hon. Warren C. Caswell
Judge, Juvenile Courts
Northern Judicial Circuit
PO Box 318
Ila, GA 30647

Phone: (706) 789-3609
Serving children and families in Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison & Oglethorpe Counties in Northeast Georgia.

The Juvenile Court generally hears the following types of cases: Dependency, Delinquency, Traffic, Termination of Parental Rights, CHINS (Children in Need of Services), Emancipation, Parental Notifcation, as well as properly transferred Guardianship and Custody cases.

COVID-19 Information:
The Declaration of Judicial Emergency applicable to the Juvenile Court of the Northern Judicial Circuit expired at 11:59pm on June 30, 2021.
On July 1, 2021 the CoViD-19 Pandemic Protocols, issued by the Judges of the Superior Courts, came into effect. The protocols detail how the Northern Judicial Circuit will exit the Emergency Pandemic Response. These protocols are below and you are encouraged to review them prior to coming to court.
COVID-19 Protocols

The Declaration of Judicial Emergency having expired, all visitation should operate as normal. If you have questions about your case or visitation, please contact your attorney and your case manager at your local Department of Family and Children's Services office.

For your reference the expired Declarations of Judicial Emergency, as well as the Juvenile Court's plan of action during that emergency are included below. These items are not set for permanent retention on this site and may be removed without warning.
Plan for Continued Juvenile Court Operations During Judicial Emergency
Covid-19 Operations Order as Required by Third Declaration of Judicial Emergency
Amended Master Circuit Continued Operations Order of September 15, 2020
Amended Operations Order Restoring Risk Reduction Teams to all five counties of the Northern Judicial Circuit
Infection control measures to expect when coming to court.

Original Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency
Original Declaration of Judicial Emergency in the Northern Judicial Circuit

The Judicial Emergency was orginally set to expire at 11:59pm on April 13, 2020. However, on April 6, 2020 Chief Justice Harold D. Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency, and set it to expire on May 13, 2020. Chief Judge Jeffery S. Malcom also filed an order extending the declared emergency.
Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency
Order Extending Declared Judicial Emergency in the Northern Judicial Circuit

On April 24, 2020 Chief Judge Jeffery S. Malcom of the Superior Courts of the Northern Judicial Circuit extended the Judicial Emergency in the Northern Judicial Circuit thru May 31, 2020.
Extension of of Judicial Emergency Order thru May 31, 2020

On May 11, 2020 Chief Justice Harold Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency until 11:59pm June 12, 2020.
Order extending Judicial Emergency Statewide thru June 12, 2020

On May 29, 2020 Chief Judge Jeffery S. Malcom extended the Declaration of Judicial Emergency in the Northern Circuit through June 12, 2020.
Extension of Judicial Emergency through June 12, 2020

On June 12, 2020 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Declaration of Judicial Emergency until July 12, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Some restrictions were changed and some deadlines were reimposed. Read the full Order for details.
Third Extension of Judicial Emergency through July 12, 2020

On June 18, 2020 Chief Judge Malcom of the Northern Circuit Superior Court issued the following Order on Continued Operations in the Northern Judicial Circuit. This Order applies to the Juvenile Court.
Continued Operations Order.

On July 10, 2020 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judical Emergency thru Tuesday August 11, 2020. This Order modifies some coditions of the State of Judicial Emergency, notably deadlines have been reimposed on litigants. Read the full order for details.
Fourth Extension of Judicial Emergency

On August 11, 2020 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency thru Thursday September 10, 2020. The full Order is below for your review.
Fifth Extension of Judicial Emergency

On September 10, 2020 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency thru October 10, 2020. The full Order is below for your review and contains siginificant changes.
Sixth Extension of Judicial Emergency

On September 15, 2020 Chief Judge Malcom of the Northern Circuit Superior Court issued the following Amended Order on Continued Operations in the Northern Judicial Circuit. This Order applies to the Juvenile Court.
Second Amended Operations Order

On October 10, 2020 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency thru November 9, 2020. The full Order is below and is different from the prior orders, including a lifting of the ban on jury trials.
Seventh Extension of Judicial Emergency

On November 9, 2020 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency thru December 9, 2020. The full Order is below and differes from the October 10, 2020 Order.
Eighth Extension of Judicial Emergency

On December 9, 2020 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency thru January 8, 2021. The full Order is below for your review.
Ninth Extension of Judicial Emergency

On December 23, 2020 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia modified the Emergency Order of December 9, 2020 to prohibit jury trials. The moratorium is expected to last until at least February. The full order, with modification order, is here:
Modified Ninth Extension of Judicial Emergency

On January 8, 2021 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency thru February 7, 2021. The full Order is below for your review.
Tenth Extension of Judicial Emergency

On February 9, 2021 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency thru March 9, 2021. The full Order is below for your review.
Eleventh Extension of Judicial Emergency

On March 9, 2021 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency thru April 8, 2021. The full Order is below for your review and allows the resumption of jury trials as local conditions allow.
Twelfth Extension of Judicial Emergency

On April 8, 2021 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency thru May 8, 2021. The full Order is below for your review.
Thirteenth Extension of Judicial Emergency

On May 8, 2021 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency thru June 7, 2021. The full Order is below for your review.
Fourteenth Extension of Judicial Emergency

On June 7, 2021 Chief Justice Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the Judicial Emergency until the earlier of June 30, 2021 or the end of the Public Health State of Emergency in Georgia. This is expected to be the final extension of the Judicial Emergency and all parties should plan accordingly. The full order is below for your review. Please keep in mind that a separate Notice of Expected Termination was issued simultaneously. This Notice of Expected Termination is also available below for your review.
Fifteenth Extension of Judicial Emergency Notice of Expected Termination