The mission of the Athens-Clarke County Juvenile Court is to protect the
well-being of the children under the court's jurisdiction, providing guidance
and control as necessary, while balancing the needs and best interests of the
Jurisdiction and Function
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.