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pro­ce­dures, in­clud­ing those in the Conasauga Cir­cuit (Dal­ton) and the North­east­ern Cir­cuit (Gainesville).

Judge Thomp­son noted that Judge Gra­ham re­cently at­tended a con­fer­ence in At­lanta en­ti­tled, “Drugs in Amer­ica: What Ev­ery Judge Needs to Know”, fo­cus­ing on the science of ad­dic­tion and the proper med­i­cal and ju­di­cial re­sponses to the chal­lenges of ad­dic­tion. Next month, she will at­tend the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Drug Court Per­son­nel Con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., the world’s largest con­fer­ence on ac­count­abil­ity treat­ment courts.

Judge Gra­ham said, “This is a game changer for so many peo­ple in our cir­cuit. We have an op­por­tu­nity here to save lives and re­store fam­i­lies by break­ing the cy­cle of ad­dic­tion and pre­vent­ing fur­ther crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Lookout Moun­tain Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit Felony Adult Drug Court will be ac­ces­si­ble to cit­i­zens of Ca­toosa, Chat­tooga, Dade and Walker Coun­ties. Court pro­ceed­ings will be con­ducted weekly at the Walker County Court­house where Judge Thomp­son’s cham­bers are lo­cated.

Judge Thomp­son stated, “We are very grate­ful to Walker County Com­mis­sioner Shan­non Whit­field for pro­vid­ing of­fice space for our drug court co­or­di­na­tor and his sup­port of this pro­gram.”

Ap­pli­cants for the pro­gram will be screened in the near future. The Court hopes to serve up to 70 in­di­vid­u­als at a time.

Judge Gra­ham said, “We know that this will have a huge im­pact on those com­ing be­fore the Court for ad­ju­di­ca­tion. We be­lieve this pro­gram will lit­er­ally save lives and we couldn’t be more ex­cited.”

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