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Juvenile Court

Contact: Donna Wentz - Clerk of Juvenile Court

8700 Hospital Drive, 3rd floor, Judicial - Douglas County Courthouse
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
Phone: 770.920.7245
Fax: 770.920.7380

dwentz@co.douglas.ga.us



Judge Michelle Harrison
Judge Michelle Harrison 
Michelle Harrison, Chief Judge
Judge Harrison graduated from the Georgia State University College of Law in May 1994. She practiced law in Douglas County from 1994 to 2006 when she was appointed to serve as the associate judge of the Douglas County Juvenile Court. During the 12+ years since her appointment as the associate juvenile court judge, she has served as the co-chair of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges Children in Need of Services Committee. She has been a board member of the Douglas Community Organizing Resources for Excellence since 2006. She has also served as the judge of the Family Treatment Court of the Douglas County Juvenile Court. In 2019, she was appointed Superior Court Judge by designation to serve on the newly established Parental Accountability Court. She and her husband, Victor Harrison, have been residents of Douglas County since 2001 and have two sons.

Judge Talia Nurse
Judge Talia Nurse 
Talia Nurse, Associate Judge
Talia Nurse is a graduate from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After five years of practice in commercial litigation, Nurse opened the Law Office of Talia J. Nurse, LLC in Douglasville in 2009 where she is the owner and sole practitioner. In 2013, Nurse began representing parents and children in juvenile court-appointed cases under the Juvenile Public Defenders Office; and most recently as an independent contract attorney. In addition, Nurse serves as a Child Welfare Law Specialist certified through the National Association of Counsel of Children and has received training on the complexities of child development and family dynamics. "Families are our community's most valuable resource," Nurse said. "I am honored and humbled to serve Douglas County as the new Associate Judge and look forward to implementing best practices to produce successful outcomes for our youth and their families." Nurse and her husband Earl have lived in Douglas County for 15 years and have two children.

Donna Wentz, Clerk
Donna has been with the Juvenile Court Clerk's office since 1993. She started out as Deputy Clerk and became Chief Clerk in 1999. Donna has been a lifelong resident of Douglas County where she graduated from Douglas County High School in 1993. Donna was Employee of the Year for Douglas County in 2017.

Staff
Donna Wentz, Chief Clerk, dwentz@co.douglas.ga.us
Debbie McDonald, Administrative Assistant, dmcdonald@co.douglas.ga.us
Susan Lindsey, Senior Deputy Clerk, slindsey@co.douglas.ga.us
Jasmine Cintron, Deputy Clerk, jcintron@co.douglas.ga.us
Dawn Eidson, Deputy Clerk, deidson@co.douglas.ga.us
For Filings: juvenilecourtclerk@co.douglas.ga.us

Zero to Three (ZTT)
Douglas County Juvenile Courts Zero to Three Program Manager is assigned to navigating eligibility and ensuring that (Part C) services are provided in home, outside of the home, in child care facilities during supervised visits for children ages 0-3 in foster care and under the jurisdiction of Douglas County Juvenile Court. Part C services include medical, educational, Children’s 1st and therapy services to name a few. Contact information is James Massie 770-920-7363 or jmassie@co.douglas.ga.us.

Baby Steps Recovery Program
The Baby Steps Recovery Program works with pregnant women with substance use issues, their families and families with children ages 0-3 that were prenatally exposed to substances. We develop with the family a Plan of Safe Care that addresses substance use treatment, prenatal care, mental health treatment, and community resources for food, clothing, housing and health insurance. The Baby Steps Recovery Program is a voluntary program open to all residents of Douglas County that provides case management, care coordination and support for a minimum of one year. For more information or to make a referral please contact Gabe Howard at (770) 833-6374 or ghoward@co.douglas.ga.us.
LATEST NEWS
APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHIEF JUDGE OF THE DOUGLAS COUNTY JUVENILE COURT (Read more...)

DOUGLAS COUNTY JUVENILE COURT ASSOCIATE JUDGE APPOINTED (Read more...)

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