Recent News

Date: November 17, 2021

Matthew Cavedon is selected to the 2021-2022 class of term law clerks

The Northeastern Judicial Circuit would like to congratulate one of its former Assistant Public Defenders, Matthew Cavedon, on becoming part of the 2021-2022 class of term law clerks for the Supreme Court of Georgia. An article detailing Mr. Cavedon’s new position can be found by following the link below.


Date: October 25, 2021

2nd annual “On the Fairway to Recovery” golf tournament

Friends of Recovery partnered with J’s Place Recovery Center on October 15 to host the 2nd annual “On the Fairway to Recovery” golf tournament benefiting the accountability court programs for our circuit. This annual tournament was held at Traditions Golf and Country Club in Braselton and was a great success raising nearly $9,000. Friends of Recovery is a non-profit organization supporting the accountability court programs of Hall and Dawson counties. Each year, Friends of Recovery sponsors pro-social events for accountability court participants as well as community events which provide awareness surrounding recovery. Additionally, Friends of Recovery provides financial assistance to program participants who face hardships through interest free loans. Program participants are provided the opportunity to rebuild productive and meaningful lives while enriching our community as a whole through involvement in these events.

Date: October 25, 2021

Treatment Services celebrates National Recovery Awareness month

Treatment Services participated in various events during the month of September to celebrate National Recovery Awareness month. These events included an art submission contest from program participants showcasing their definition of recovery, program graduation celebrations, and a cookout at Laurel Park hosted by Friends of Recovery. Program participants enjoyed food, fun, and fellowship on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and shared their experiences of life without substances and the strength in recovery. Additionally, Treatment Services staff and team members of our various accountability court programs attended the Council of Accountability Court Judges annual conference in Athens, GA. Hall County Family Treatment Court, presided over by Juvenile Court Judge Alison Toller, was selected as a Model Court for the state. Each year, CACJ selects a handful of courts across the state that exhibit the highest standards and best practices to serve as mentor courts for other accountability courts. All accountability courts in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit now serve as model courts for the Council of Accountability Court Judges. In addition the Family Treatment Court receiving an honor at the conference, Christie Ledlow-Hodges who serves at the CASA representative on the Hall Co. Family Treatment Court team was also recognized as a STAR award recipient. This recognition is awarded to various team members who exhibit the highest level of dedication and expertise in their specific role across the state. This was a great honor and we are so proud to have Ms. Ledlow-Hodges on our team!

CACJ Announces the 2021 Annual Award Winners | Council of Accountability Court Judges (

Date: October 22, 2021

Judge Lindsay H. Burton is appointed to 3rd term for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit

Juvenile Court Chief Judge, Lindsay H. Burton, was appointed to serve her third term with the Northeastern Judicial Circuit on October 4, 2021.  Burton has served the circuit since the year 2000, having begun her career in the District Attorney’s office.  In September 2013, she was appointed to serve as a Juvenile Court judge under then Chief Judge Cliff Jolliff.  Burton was later named Chief Judge and has since held her seat at the helm of the Circuit’s Juvenile Court system.  Chief Judge Burton’s third appointment comes as no surprise to her colleagues as she is highly respected and admired for her work with children and their families in the Dawson and Hall County communities.

Date: October 22, 2021

Superior Court Judge Clint G. Bearden guest speaker for the ACMA Georgia Chapter Conference

On Saturday, October 16th, Anjana Freeman, LPC/CPCS, Mental Health Clinician for the Gainesville Police Department, and Clint G. Bearden, Hall County Superior Court Judge, were invited to speak as panelists at the 2021 American Case Management Association annual statewide conference for the ACMA Georgia Chapter in addressing innovative community partnerships focusing on mental health needs.  

Their presentation provided an opportunity to share with case management professionals across Georgia highlights in the leadership of the City of Gainesville & Hall County governments, local agencies and the Northeastern Judicial Circuit’s Treatment Services program through the coordinated efforts to better identify and address behavioral health needs and treatment resources for in need members of our community that come in contact with the legal system. 

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