Establishment: House Bill 328
House Bill 328 - section 5 was established last year, FY2015, by Legislature to create a Council of Accountability Court Judges. The purpose of the Council will be to effectively carry forth the constitutional by-laws and legislative responsibility (HB328) to improve accountability courts and their quality through the expertise of Judges. Another purpose and focus will be to establish standards and practices for all drug court divisions based on the National Drug Court Institute and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration with a state goal of reducing recidivism of offenders with drug abuse problems.
Executive Committee Membership
The Executive Committee membership for the Council will be either Accountability Court present Judges, Senior Judges, or Judges Emeriti that have presided over an accountability court for a minimum of two years. Officers and members of the Committee will serve annuals terms beginning each fiscal year on July 1st. They may succeed themselves for up to four consecutive terms.
There are five Standing Committees: Funding, Training, Legislation, Nominations, and Standards & Certification. Primary Objectives of the committee are as follows:
Funding Committee: Overseeing of all grants and funds on behalf of the Council provided by the State.
Training Committee: Development of courses and programs for the continuing education of the Accountability Court team members through - out the State
Standards and Certification Committee: to develop the standards and best practices as well as the eligibility for state funding for approval by the council.
Legislation Committee: Monitoring of all legislation affecting the accountability courts of Georgia.
Nominations Committee: will be to assist the Council in sustaining its elected leadership.