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.”