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Fulton County Juvenile Court is proud to announce that Christopher W. Yokom has been appointed to serve as an associate judge. The newest addition to the Juvenile Court judiciary, Associate Judge Yokom was administered the oath of office and officially sworn in on Friday, June 9th.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Yokom served Juvenile Court in a variety of roles working directly with children and families, beginning as a juvenile probation officer in 1997. He later served as a senior child advocate attorney, the court’s intake attorney and the director of court and family services. Judge Yokom is a recipient of 2005 Child Advocate Award presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and was the Atlanta Bar Association’s 2013 Fulton County Employee of the Year.
“I am honored, humbled and very excited by this opportunity to continue working with children and families in a new capacity,” said Judge Yokom.
This month coincides with Judge Yokom’s 20th year with Juvenile Court. As the newest addition to the judiciary, he joins Chief Judge Bradley J. Boyd, Presiding Judge Juliette W. Scales, Presiding Judge Renata D. Turner and three associate judges in hearing cases involving allegations of dependency, delinquency, children in need of services, parental rights and juvenile traffic violations.
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Fulton County Juvenile Court is proud to announce that Renata D. Turner has been appointed to serve as a presiding judge. Selected by a panel of Superior Court jurists, Presiding Judge Turner will join Chief Presiding Judge Bradley J. Boyd, Presiding Judge Juliette W. Scales and three associate judges to hear cases involving allegations of dependency, delinquency, children in need of services, parental rights and juvenile traffic violations.
Prior to this latest appointment, Presiding Judge Turner served as an associate judge since being named to the Juvenile Court bench in the spring of 2015. Since that time she has made innumerable contributions to the wellbeing of children and spearheaded the Fulton School-Justice Pathways Partnership. This innovative grant-funded initiative seeks to end the school to prison pipeline and has thus far reduced school-based court referrals by approximately 50 percent compared to pre-initiative numbers. Presiding Judge Turner has also been instrumental in working with both teenagers and parents, and organizes and hosts annual anti-gang summits in the Fulton community.
Presiding Judge Turner brings a wealth of experience to her new role. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in psychology, Presiding Judge Turner was a caseworker for the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services for five years before matriculating for the Southern California School of Law where she earned her J.D. and became a member of the California Bar in 1989.
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It is with great sadness and deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Judge Willie J. Lovett, Jr. Judge Lovett passed away Monday, January 30, 2017. He was a colleague and friend to many in the Fulton County community.
Judge Lovett was appointed to the Fulton County Juvenile Court bench in May 2013 and was instrumental in implementing evidence based programs for Fulton County’s children.
Lovett served in various positions within the Fulton County Court system. He was appointed to the position of Director of the Office of the Child Attorney in 2009, where he worked to ensure Fulton County was in compliance with the Kenny A. v. Perdue `consent decree.
He also served as the Deputy County Attorney for the Fulton County Attorney’s Office. Prior to joining the County Attorney’s Office, Judge Lovett clerked for Joseph W. Hatchett, former Chief Judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, served as an assistant city attorney for the City of Atlanta, and worked as an associate in several private law firms.
In addition to his legal background, litigation experience, and strong interest in child advocacy, Judge Lovett received his undergraduate degree from Yale University before earning his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1988 and his Master of Laws in Litigation from Emory Law School.
Judge Lovett’s Celebration of Life was be held Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Impact Church 2323 Sylvan Road, East Point, GA 30344.
Click here to view the full video of the ceremony courtesy of Impact Church.
Click here to view the Judge Lovett Scholarship page administered by Impact Church.
The judges and staff of Fulton County Juvenile Court welcome you to its revised and expanded website. Juvenile Court serves the residents of Fulton County by hearing all cases involving allegations of dependency of children under the age of 18, children in need of services (CHINS) under the age of 18, and delinquency and traffic violations concerning children under the age of 17. The court is organized by Title 15, Chapter 11 of the Official Code of Georgia. Fulton County Juvenile Court is the largest juvenile court in Georgia and amongst the largest in the Southeastern United States.
Fulton County Juvenile Court is located in the Judge Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center at 395 Pryor St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30312. The court is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Parking is available in the lot located in front of the Juvenile Justice Center. The lot is accessible from Pryor Street Southwest, Fulton Street Southwest and Formwalt Street Southwest. The Juvenile Justice Center can also be reached by public transportation via MARTA Bus Route 49.
The Judge Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center is a secure facility. All persons entering the building will be required to pass through a metal detector and have hand-carried objects scanned. Weapons of any kind, cameras and cell phones with cameras are not permitted into the building.
This website is designed to provide information to the general public about the purpose, programs and basic structure of the Juvenile Court. This website cannot provide specific case information due to the confidential nature of juvenile proceedings.
Juvenile Court's reception desk can be reached by phone at 404.612.4402. For a list offices and contacts, please visit the contacts page.