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June 24, 2024 2:28 am

Georgia state Supreme Court chief tells lawmakers justice system needs better pay to move cases

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael P. Boggs told state legislators Wednesday that while courts throughout the state have made strides in reducing the backlog of cases built up during the pandemic, a substantial staffing shortage threatens the ability of courts to move cases through the system.

Mental Health Courts Can Struggle to Fulfill Decades-Old Promise

By Sam Whitehead, Kaiser Health News GAINESVILLE, Ga. — In early December, Donald Brown stood nervously in the Hall County Courthouse, concerned he’d be sent back to jail. The 55-year-old struggles with depression, addiction, and suicidal thoughts. He worried a judge would terminate him from a special diversion program meant to keep people with mental illness …