The Juvenile Court handles cases involving children who are alleged to be a Child in Need of Services (CHINS) due to truancy, runaway, chronic disobedience, curfew violation, or any other child-related matters, not exclusively reserved for Superior Court. The Juvenile Court also handles cases involving allegations of child abuse, neglect, delinquency, and juvenile traffic violations.
The Judge of the Juvenile Court is appointed by the Chief Superior Court Judge of the Middle Circuit. The Judge of the Juvenile Court is Judge Sherri McDonald. Judge McDonald presides over all Juvenile Court matters within the Middle Judicial Circuit. The Middle Judicial Circuit is comprised of Washington, Jefferson, Emanuel, Toombs, and Candler Counties.