The Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children was created in 1995 to assess and improve court proceedings involving abused and neglected children. The Committee on Justice for Children (J4C) is staffed by the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts and funded by federal Court Improvement Project (CIP) grant funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Families, Children’s Bureau.
Each recipient state of CIP funds is required to complete an assessment of court improvement progress periodically, make recommendations to improve the court system, and implement the recommended improvements. The first assessment, conducted in 1995-1996, resulted in the establishment of goals related to record keeping and court management, development of standards of practice, education of juvenile court stakeholders, access to representation, and increases in state funding for juvenile courts. To see a copy of the 1996 Final Report, click here.