Study: Major overhaul needed at Chatham County Juvenile Court | savannahnow.com

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Apr

Study: Major overhaul needed at Chatham County Juvenile Court | savannahnow.com

A study by national State Court experts has found management and staff morale problems at Chatham County Juvenile Court and recommended major governance and leadership changes.

In the wake of the report by the Denver-based National Center for State Courts, Judge Patricia Stone stepped down as presiding judge on March 27 and fellow Judge LeRoy Burke III was appointed to the post.

Following Judge John Beam Jr.’s retirement in September 2012, the review found, the new mix of judges were “unable or unwilling to effectively collaborate” to reach a consensus-based management model.

The report, dated March 7, recommended abandoning the way the presiding judge is selected, having Chatham County’s chief Superior Court judge take a more hands-on role in Juvenile Court and placing greater reliance by the Juvenile Court administrator on his Superior Court counterpart.

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