Juvenile Court Judges
The Judiciary conducts all hearings which are mandated by law to determine the existence of probable cause, the necessity for detention, adjudication and disposition of delinquency, dependency, children in need of services, and traffic offenses; grants legitimations, guardianships, sealing records, permission to marry, to join the military or to determine parent notification of a minor’s intention to seek an abortion; and judicial reviews of children who are placed in foster care.
By special authorization of the Fulton County Superior Court, the Fulton County Juvenile Court also conducts adoptions for those cases where the termination of parent rights has occurred to expedite permanency for these children. Chief Judge Judge Juliette W. Scales leads the judiciary and directs the operations of Fulton County Juvenile Court.
Chief Presiding Judge Juliette W. Scales
Presiding Judge Scales received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University. She received her juris doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law in 1987. She was appointed to the bench in June, 2002.
Presiding Judge Bradley J. Boyd
Chief Presiding Judge Boyd received his undergraduate degree from Goshen College and studied further at Indiana State University and Georgia State University. He received his juris doctorate from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1978. He was appointed to the bench in 2006.
Presiding Judge Renata D. Turner
Presiding Judge Turner received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. She received her juris doctorate from the Southern California School of Law, joined the California Bar in 1989 and joined the Georgia Bar in 1990. Judge Turner was appointed to Juvenile Court in 2015 and made a presiding judge in 2017.
Associate Judge George G. Blau
Associate Judge Blau received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. He received his juris doctorate from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1977. He was appointed to the bench in 1986.
Associate Judge Phillip Jackson
Associate Judge Jackson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. He received his juris doctorate from Georgia State University’s College of Law in 1989. He was appointed to the bench in June 2009.
Associate Judge Wenona C. Belton
Associate Judge Belton received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her juris doctorate from Georgia State University’s College of Law in 1999. She was appointed to the bench in July, 2013.
Associate Judge Christopher W. Yokom
Associate Judge Yokom earned his undergraduate degree from Mercer University and a juris doctorate from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. Judge Yokom first joined Fulton County Juvenile Court as a juvenile probation officer in 1997 and has since held a variety of legal and administrative positions before being appointed to the bench in 2017.