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Recent News

Judge Stephen S. Goss Mental Health Award presented to Chief Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin

The Northeastern Judicial Circuit is proud to announce Chief Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin as the inaugural recipient of the Judge Stephen S. Goss Mental Health Award, given by the Council of Accountability Court Judges of Georgia. Judge Gosselin was presented this first-time, prestigious award by Chief Justice Harold D. Melton of the Georgia Supreme Court during the CACJ’s Annual Training Conference, September 14-16, 2020. The award comes after many years of hard work and dedication to her passion of helping those in the community with mental health issues. Gosselin is a pioneer in the field, having started the first Mental Health Court in the circuit, as well as having helped to establish the Treatment Services program – a department that now oversees nine accountability courts, a drug lab, and Substance Abuse Services. Treatment Services Director, Jessi Emmett said, “Judge Gosselin has impacted hundreds of lives throughout her career. Her guidance, wisdom, and kind spirit are inspiring.” Fellow Superior Court Judge Jason J. Deal said of Gosselin, “She serves as a mentor…and is truly a leader, known throughout the State and under the Gold Dome.”

The Judge Stephen S. Goss Mental Health Award was created to honor the former Doughtery County and Georgia Court of Appeals judge, who passed away in 2019 having left a long legacy of service and dedication to treatment courts statewide. The CACJ was created by the Georgia legislature in 2015, with a mission of providing a unified framework that promotes and improves the quality, accessibility and administration of Accountability Courts. This year’s Annual Training Conference includes over 1,200 participants.

2020 Accountability Court Star Award presented to Hal Walker

The Northeastern Judicial Circuit was honored to learn that one of their own, Hal Walker, received the 2020 Accountability Court Star Award presented by the Council of Accountability Court Judges of Georgia during their annual training conference held by virtual webinar this week. Mr. Walker has been a member of the Hall County Drug Court team for over 15 years and has served as the Defense Attorney in the Hall County Family Treatment Court since its inception.

Mr. Walker’s commitment to Hall County’s accountability courts is unsurpassed, with a reputation among his peers as going above and beyond his oath as legal counsel. He’s been known to provide pro-bono services in State and Municipals Courts in order to help his client progress and enter the Drug Court treatment program. Treatment Services director, Jessi Emmett, said of Mr. Walker, "(he) is an integral component to the success of our programs. He is a true champion for recovery and second chances."

Drug Court’s presiding judge, Hon. Jason J. Deal, said, "Hal is an advocate, not only for participants, but also for the counselors, case managers, and others on the team. Whenever there is a crisis in Drug Court, Hal Walker is the first person I call. He is someone to rely upon and his wisdom and insight benefit us all."

Katie Bruner serves as the Coordinator for Hall County DUI Court. For the past 10 years working for Treatment Services, she has shown a keen desire and professional commitment to provide valuable services to citizens in our community who are struggling with addiction. Her aspirations to see our community thrive goes beyond her profession as she is often found volunteering or coordinating events to benefit all citizens of our town. Recently, Katie and her family were interviewed by 11 Alive news regarding the PPE masks that have been making for Northeast Georgia Health Systems. Katie demonstrates a kind and generous spirit and never seeks recognition for her efforts or good deeds. This is one of many endeavors she has taken on that truly makes a positive impact on our community as a whole! To watch Katie's story visit 11 Alive at the link below.

To read an article and watch a video about this special event, please visit the following link: https://www.11alive.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/it-shows-the-power-...84bb-c0822c5702c3.

100th Drug Court Graduation Ceremony

The Northeastern Judicial Circuit celebrated its 100th Drug Court Graduation Ceremony on January 31, 2020. In attendance were not only drug court graduates and their families, but several speakers including former Governor Nathan Deal, former program Director of Treatment Mike Devine and Senior Superior Court Judge John Girardeau, who started the program in 2001.

To read an article and watch a video about this special event, please visit the following link: https://accesswdun.com/article/...court-celebrates-100th-commencement-ceremony.

A special thank you to all those that help make this program a success and congratulations to all the graduates past, present, and future!

December kept Santa’s elves very busy in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Participants of the Hall and Dawson County accountability courts, along with their families, were treated to a Christmas Party hosted by the local non-profit organization Friends of Recovery. Each year, Friends of Recovery puts together a large scale event including dinner, musical entertainment, door prize giveaways, pictures with Santa, and presents for children. On December 17, the Dawson County Friends of Recovery chapter partnered with New Life Baptist Church to serve a home-cooked meal to over 100 participants and their families. Santa made his arrival and provided each child with a stuffed animal donated by local board members. On December 19, the Hall County Friends of Recovery chapter had their turn to serve close to 800 people at First Baptist Church in Gainesville. The judges and program team members donned an apron and served a full meal provided by local restaurants to each participant and their family members. Thanks to donations from our local Kiwanis chapter, over 300 children were able to unwrap a present from Santa that evening and a family picture was taken to preserve the memory.

For many program participants, the holiday season spent during their time in an accountability court is the first sober holiday they have had in many years. Watching participants and their families enjoy their time together is truly heartwarming. These events bring everyone together and provide an opportunity for lasting memories to be created. The accountability courts of Hall and Dawson Counties are very fortunate to have the support of Friends of Recovery. Along with the annual Christmas parties, 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. All of this is made possible through the generous support of local businesses and individuals who recognize the value of supporting recovery efforts in our community and teaching recovering individuals and their families how to spend healthy, sober time together.

The Christmas parties of 2019 were a huge success and we are excited to see what 2020 has in store!