J. Russell Jackson Juvenile Court Judge

Judge J. Russell Jackson was born in Atlanta, Georgia and has lived in Georgia for his entire life.  Judge Jackson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  Judge Jackson also attended Law School at the University of Georgia and graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1984. 

After graduating from law school, Judge Jackson began his legal career as a law clerk for Superior Court Judges Frank C. Mills, III and Richard S. Gault in what was then the old Blue-Ridge Judicial Circuit, consisting of Forsyth and Cherokee counties.  Following a one year term as law clerk, Judge Jackson engaged in the private practice of law in Cumming, Georgia until he was named, on July 12, 1999, as the first Judge in the history of Forsyth County to serve fulltime exclusively as a Judge of the Juvenile Court.

Judge Jackson is a member of a multitude of organizations including:

  • The Forsyth County Rotary Club
  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • The Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges
    • Acts as Chairman of the Resource Development Committee
    • Previous 9th District Representative to the Council
  • Past President of the Forsyth County Community Connection Board of Directors
    • Hosts a monthly “Stakeholders” lunch for those in the community who have a stake in issues of child welfare
  • Chairperson of the Forsyth County Child Abuse Protocol Committee
  • A 2001-02 graduate and member of Leadership Forsyth

Judge Jackson is a founding member of many youth programs operating in the county today. His roles are listed below:

  • A Founder and Advisory Board member of Mentor Me North Georgia, Inc.
  • A Founder and Advisory Board Member of the Bald Ridge Lodge, Inc. a group home for boys located on the campus of the Forsyth County Juvenile Court
  • A Founder and Advisory Board member of the SAFFT Family Visitation Program
  • An Advisory Board Member of CASA of Forsyth County, Inc.
  • A Founder of the Winds of Change Weekend Work and Community Service Program, is a founder of the Real Life Alternative to Detention Program
  • A Founder and Advisory Board member of the Children’s Advocacy Center

Judge Jackson and his wife have two sons, Justin and Cameron, and have been members of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit for over twenty years.  

Contact Us

 Address: 875 Lanier 400 Parkway Suite 100
Cumming, GA 30040
 Phone: 770-781-3099
 Fax: 770-781-3089
 Email: Contact Us

Our Mission

The Juvenile Court is committed to the care, safety and guidance of children; to respectful and just treatment of all involved; to the personal development and accountability of children and their families; to public safety, and to restoration of victims and communities.