Fulton County Juvenile Court is proud to announce that Juliette W. Scales has been appointed to serve as the court’s Chief Presiding Judge. Confirmed by an order of Fulton County Superior Court on January 11, Chief Judge Scales leads the Juvenile Court and its workforce of over 130 juvenile justice professionals, including a team of two presiding judges and three associate judges.
Prior to this latest appointment, Chief Judge Scales served Juvenile Court as a presiding judge beginning in May, 2013 after first being appointed to the bench as an associate judge in June, 2002. In addition to her new leadership duties, Chief Judge Scales will continue to hear cases of dependency, delinquency and children in need of services. Throughout Chief Judge Scales’ judicial tenure, she has made innumerable contributions to the safety and wellbeing of children, and has been designated to preside over matters in Truancy Court, Peer Court and Cold Case Court. Chief Judge Scales also developed and oversees Family Treatment Court, an innovative accountability court program that addresses the unique needs of parents.
Chief Judge Scales brings a wealth of legal experience to her new role, along with a distinguished history of serving the public. A magna cum laude graduate of Hampton University, Chief Judge Scales earned a juris doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law where she graduated as a law fellow. She made her entry into public service as a student lawyer in the Washington College of Law Public Interest Law Clinic and the Law Clinic for the Board of Veteran Appeals.
Thereafter, Chief Judge Scales has worked as an Assistant District Attorney in service of Fulton County and as an associate Special Assistant Attorney General on behalf of Fulton County DFCS. An experienced practitioner of civil, criminal and appellate law, she is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Florida Bar and the Bar of the District of Columbia.
Chief Judge Scales is an enthusiastic and active supporter of numerous child welfare and juvenile justice committees throughout the community. In addition to currently serving as the vice president of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges, she is also a member of the executive board of the council’s Education Certification Committee, Permanency Planning Committee, Accountability Court Committee and the Court Improvement Committee. Chief Judge Scales was appointed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to the Governor’s Office of Children and Families Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, where she serves as a member of the Criminal Justice Grants Committee and the Victim Compensation Board. Chief Judge Scales is also a member of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Justice for Children Commission.
Outside of the courtroom, Chief Judge Scales is an active member of multiple service organizations, volunteering her time to the Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar Association’s Children and the Courts Committee and Judicial Rules Committee, the Gate City Bar Association’s Judicial Section, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, the North Fulton Bar Association, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ Diversity Committee and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.