Statutes, Rules, & Bylaws

Enabling and Applicable Legislation

Download this pdf file. Adult Felony Drug Courts - O.C.G.A. 15-1-15

Download this pdf file. Adult Mental Health Courts - O.C.G.A. 15-1-16

Download this pdf file. Veterans Treatment Courts - O.C.G.A. 15-1-17

Download this pdf file. DUI Courts - O.C.G.A. 15-1-19

Download this pdf file. Family Treatment Courts - O.C.G.A. 15-11-70

Download this pdf file. Council of Accountability Court Judges - O.C.G.A. 15-1-18

Download this pdf file. DATE Funds - O.C.G.A. 15-21-101


CACJ Operations

Download this pdf file. CACJ Constitution & Bylaws

Download this pdf file. CACJ Rules

**Rules updated 11.4.2021**

Executive Committee Membership

The Executive Committee membership for the Council will be either Accountability Court present Judges, Senior Judges, or Judges Emeriti that have presided over an accountability court for a minimum of two years. Officers and members of the Committee will serve annual terms beginning each fiscal year on July 1st.  They may succeed themselves for up to four consecutive terms.

Executive Committee Members

  • Judge Charles Auslander III – Chair, Athens-Clarke County State Court      

  • Judge Lawton Stephens – Vice Chair, Western Judicial Circuit  

  • Chief Judge D. Scott Smith - Immediate Past Chair, Cherokee Judicial Circuit 

  • Judge Cynthia C. Adams, Douglas Judicial Circuit 

  • Judge Karen E. Beyers, Gwinnett Judicial Circuit 

  • Judge Jeremy D. Clough, Enotah Judicial Circuit

  • Judge Maureen Gottfried, Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit

  • Judge Robert C.I. McBurney, Atlanta Judicial Circuit

  • Judge John E. Niedrach, Rome Judicial Circuit 

  • Chief Judge W. James Sizemore Jr., Southwestern Judicial Circuit

  • Judge Jason B. Thompson, Fayette County State Court 


Standing Committees 

There are five Standing Committees: Funding, Training, Standards & Certification, Legislation, and Nominations. Primary Objectives of the committees are as follows:

  • Funding Committee: Overseeing of all grants and funds on behalf of the Council provided by the State.
  • Training Committee: Development of courses and programs for the continuing education of the Accountability Court team members throughout the State.
  • Standards and Certification Committee: Develop the standards and best practices as well as the eligibility for state funding for approval by the Council.
  • Legislation Committee: Monitoring of all legislation affecting the accountability courts of Georgia.
  • Nominations Committee: Assist the Council in sustaining its elected leadership.