Juvenile Court

Contact Information


Philip F. Woodward,
Judge


Robbie Walka,
Administrator

rwalka@whitfieldcountyga.com


Whitfield County Juvenile Court
205 N Selvidge St
Dalton, Ga 30720
706 278-6558


Location


The Whitfield County Juvenile Court is located in the Ground Floor of the Whitfield County Courthouse in Dalton, Georgia and is a department within the government of Whitfield County.


Whitfield County is located approximately 90 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, on Interstate 75 and U.S. Highways 41 and 76


Juvenile Court Seal


Juvenile Court Seal


Truancy


A truant child is a child, while subject to†compulsory school attendance, has ten(10) or more days of unexcused absences from school in the current academic year. Whether or not a child is habitually and without justification truant is factual question for the Court to determine after hearing and considering evidence.


The Whitfield County Juvenile Court has, for many years, worked with the school social workers in the two school systems within Whitfield County to divert truancy cases from the juvenile justice system.†An Educational Improvement Team has been created in Whitfield County to evaluate children and their families who are at risk of being referred to the Court for truancy.


The Educational Improvement Team consists of representatives from the following agencies:

  • Whitfield County Schools
  • Dalton Public Schools
  • Juvenile Court
  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Family and Children Services
  • Children and Families First
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Adult Mental Health
  • Health Department

The Educational Improvement Team meets every two weeks†with children and families referred by the school social workers. A plan is developed for each child. Should the child continue to be truant, a referral to Court is made.


After a petition is filed, the case is given priority for a hearing date).†If the child is adjudicated, the child will typically be placed under court supervision and the parent placed under a protective order.