Contact: Donna Wentz - Clerk of Juvenile Court
8700 Hospital Drive, 3rd floor, Judicial - Douglas County Courthouse
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
Mission: The mission of the Juvenile Court of Douglas County is to serve children and families through prevention and early intervention to divert children and families from Court for unruly, delinquent and deprivation issues and to hear cases promptly so that children and families are connected to services when they are adjudicated by the Court for unruly, delinquency, traffic, and deprivation cases to avoid reentry into Juvenile Court. The Juvenile Court schedules and hears termination of parental rights cases, motions to transfer to Superior Court and transfer of custody cases for reports or orders of determination in a timely manner.
Judge Peggy Walker, Juvenile Court Judge
Judge Michelle Harrison, Associate Juvenile Court Judge
Debbie McDonald, Administrative Assistant
Donna Wentz, Clerk of Juvenile Court
Beverly Hayman, Senior Clerk of Delinquency Cases
Alicia Jacobs, Deputy Clerk
Susan Lindsey, Deputy Clerk
Peggy H. Walker, Chief Judge
Judge Peggy H. Walker is a full time Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County having served there fulltime since 1998 and part time as Associate and Judge Pro Tempore since 1990. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Master's Degree in Education and a Juris Doctorate of Law. She serves as President Elect for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and will be sworn in as President in Chicago in July, 2014. In her capacity with National Council, she is serving on STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) Action Council, a national effort to end youth violence. She is graduate fellow of Zero To Three Class of 2005 and was a Senior Fellow at Emory University in 2008 where she worked with Lila Bradley and Judge Steve Franzen on a manual for judges and practitioners to promote preservation of families. She received a federal partnership grant that funded a Family Drug Treatment Program serving parents with children from birth to age five with substance abuse problems which continues with funding from the State and county. The Douglas County Juvenile Court received federal funding to join Zero To Three Court Teams Project in 2010. Although the funding did not continue as a national project, the work continues at the local level to make certain that infants and toddlers in Douglas County get the best start possible.
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. She graduated from Douglas County High School in 1993. She is married and raising two sons right here in her home county.