The Superior Court judges of the Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit are pleased to announce the appointments of Christopher Willis and J. Russell Jackson to the positions of Juvenile Court Judge.

The swearing in is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018. The ceremony will take place in Courtroom 501 in the Forsyth County Courthouse (100 W. Courthouse Sq.).

Judge Willis attended Harding University and earned his juris doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law. For the past 23 years, Judge Willis has been in private practice focusing on criminal and civil litigation. A registered mediator, Judge Willis has served as an associate magistrate for the Forsyth County Magistrate Court since January 2015. 

Judge Jackson attended the University of Georgia and received his juris doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law. Judge Jackson began his legal career as a law clerk for Superior Court Judges Frank C. Mills, III and Richard S. Gault.  He practiced law until he was appointed as the first Forsyth County judge to serve fulltime as a Juvenile Court judge. Judge Jackson has served on the Juvenile Court bench for the past nineteen years.

Selected by the Superior Court Bench of Forsyth County, the judges will hear cases involving allegations of dependency (abuse and neglect), Child in Need of Services cases, delinquency, parental rights and traffic violations for juveniles. While the Juvenile Court previously held only one full-time judgeship, the Superior Court recently established a second full-time judgeship to better serve families and children in Forsyth County.

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