Juvenile Court

statewide Judicial Emergency limiting all courts to essential functions only and tolling time frames for almost everything.  These are unprecedented times.  THIS SHALL BE IN extended from JANUARY 8TH, 2021 to FEBRUARY 7TH, 2021.


  • Currently the Juvenile Court continues to hear limited virtual hearings case by case. The Clerks Office is  currently working diligently to get cases back on the court docket.  Please contact the Clerks Offices with questions or for any a additional information. 
  • - Even with these limited hearings, people can participate by phone or Zoom. Just contact our clerks & let them know whether you will be attending in person, by phone or by Zoom . We are encouraging people to participate by phone or Zoom - Please don't  bring young kids to court. Older kids should be present – only if necessary & if they cannot meaningfully participate by phone. -       
  • The Clerks Office is working diligently to get cases back on the court docket.The best thing to do is to contact the Juvenile Court Clerks’ office and give them your best contact information, including email address, so that when the hearing is set, you can be notified. The Clerks’ office is 770-443-7532 or email us at juvenileclerks@paulding.gov. Attorneys, if your client provides their email address to the clerks office, we will include you & them on the COS for the Order Setting Hearing.

  •  As to Delinquency or CHINS cases ( child that has pending charges), we are encouraging parties to either apply to the courts for a Public Defender or hire your own Attorney. If you have questions about how to apply to the the courts, you may contact the Public Defenders Office at 770-443-3463.
  • As to Dependency cases, Dependency cases ( Child that has been deprived) , you may apply to the courts for an court appointed attorney. The Financial Affidavit is on our website, you may email it back to us at the juvenileclerks@paulding.gov,or mail 280 Constitution Blvd, Room 2106, Dallas, Georgia 30132, 


  • Under these unprecedented times, dropping your payment in the mail is a good way to go. We only accept money orders. In addition ,before you get your money order, please contact the clerk’s office for the discounted rate. The money orders needs to be made out to Paulding County Juvenile Court. Also, If you have taken the Driver’s Defense Course, please send the certificate in with the payment
  • Mailing Address: Paulding County Juvenile Court-  280 Constitution Blvd. Room: 2106 Dallas, Georgia 30132


Welcome to the Paulding County Juvenile Court. This website will enable you to become aware of various resources and services available to you through this office.

The Paulding County Juvenile Court is organized under Chapter 11 of Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia.

Jurisdiction & Function

The Court is dedicated to serving the residents of Paulding County. The Court has jurisdiction over most children under the age of 17 who are charged with violating any law or are deemed runaways, ungovernable, or beyond parental control.

The Court also hears all cases involving allegations of deprivation of children under the age of 18 found within its jurisdictions.

  1. Documents & Forms
-For each dependency packet submission we require a criminal background check for each adult over the age of 18 living in the home. One has been included in the packet above, you may also print additional forms to turn in with the packet. 
-Criminal background checks are a fee of $10.00 per submission. Our office accepts money orders only. 
-Upon submission of a financial affidavit, you are required to submit the five most recent check stubs, w-2 form or bank statement showing your income.

Complaint Codes

Dependency Complaint Codes
-15-11-10 Purpose of article
The purpose of this article is:

(1) To assist and protect children whose physical or mental health and welfare is substantially at risk of harm from abuse, neglect, or exploitation and who may be further threatened by the conduct of others by providing for the resolution of dependency proceedings in juvenile court;

(2) To ensure that dependency proceedings are conducted expeditiously to avoid delays in permanency plans for children;

(3) To provide the greatest protection as promptly as possibly as possible for children;

(4) To ensure that the health, safety, and best interests of a child be the paramount concern in all dependency proceedings. 

CHINS Complaint Codes

-2018 Georgia Code Title 15-Courts. Chapter 11- Juvenile Code. Article 5- Child in Need of Services. Part 1- General Provisions

§ 15-11-381. Definitions

Universal Citation: GA Code § 15-11-381 (2018)

As used in this article, the term:

• (1) "Comprehensive services plan" means an interagency treatment, habilitation, support, or supervision plan developed collaboratively by state or local agency representatives, parties, and other interested persons following a court's finding that a child is incompetent to proceed.

• (2) "Habilitation" means the process by which a child is helped to acquire and maintain those life skills which will enable him or her to cope more effectively with the demands of his or her own person and of his or her environment and to raise the level of his or her physical, mental, social, and vocational abilities.

• (3) "Plan manager" means a person who is under the supervision of the court and is appointed by the court to convene a meeting of all relevant parties for the purpose of developing a comprehensive services plan.

• (4) "Runaway" means a child who without just cause and without the consent of his or her parent, guardian, or legal custodian is absent from his or her home or place of abode for at least 24 hours.

• (5) "Status offense" means an act prohibited by law which would not be an offense if committed by an adult.

• (6) "Truant" means having ten or more days of unexcused absences from school in the current academic year.

Judge Altman

Presiding Judge Carolyn Altman 

(770) 443-7532


Chief clerk, alicia jacobs

(770) 443-7532

Staff Directory

Juvenile Court Directory   Phone Number
Reception/Deputy Clerk  Lindsey Brady  770-443-7532    
Deputy Clerk Angie Chandler 770-443-7532    Ext 4
In-Court Deputy Clerk Jennifer Spoon 770-443-7532   
Senior Deputy Clerk  Sherese Lackey  770-443-7532    Ext 3
Legal Assistant Vanessa Childers 770-443-7532   
Treatment Service Coordinator Michele Freeman 678-224-4254
Law Clerk Kimberly Mullins 678-224-8872

Contact Us

Juvenile Court Contacts Email
Dependency dependency@paulding.gov
Delinquency delinquency@paulding.gov
CHINS (Children In Need of Services) chins@paulding.gov
Conflicts and Leave of Absence conflictsandloa@paulding.gov
To Contact Judge Altman vanessa.childers@paulding.gov
To contact the Clerk's office  juvenileClerks@paulding.gov