Two Hall County attorneys have been announced as the new juvenile court judges serving the Northeastern Judicial Circuit.
Alison Toller and Bo Weber Jr. were appointed by the four Superior Court judges to fill the positions in the circuit that includes Hall and Dawson counties.
Toller replaces Judge Cliff Jolliff, who is retiring in December after 24 years in his position. Weber will join in November, bringing the number of juvenile court judges up to three.
“We’re looking at hiring two people, not one person in particular to replace Judge Jolliff,” Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller said. “They are both equally qualified and equally capable of filling the positions that they’ll take.”
The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $90.3 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year, allowing for a third judge to assist with the juvenile cases.
“The workload in our juvenile court has always been demanding,” Fuller said. “The policy behind our juvenile court is to reunify families.”
Fuller explained the new state juvenile code that went into effect Jan. 1 created a greater mandate on the juvenile court for more hearings to be conducted during the reunification process.
“That has increased, practically, the workload for the juvenile court also,” he added.
Nineteen “highly qualified” candidates, all coming from within the judicial circuit, were interviewed for the positions, Fuller said.
According to a news release, Toller received her juris doctorate in 1999 from Georgia State University and began her career in the DeKalb County Solicitor’s Office. She then worked as assistant district attorney, including under current District Attorney Lee Darragh. She is now in private practice.
“When I learned of Judge Jolliff’s retirement, the opportunity to work with family treatment court was really kind of a dream,” Toller said. “I had worked with the Hall County Drug Court for over 10 years, and was just thrilled about the potential to go back into a treatment court setting.”
Weber received his juris doctorate in 1994 from Walter F. Georgia School of Law of Mercer University and has also been in private practice.
“I’m honored to have been chosen,” Weber wrote in an email statement. “I began my legal career as a law clerk for a judge, and ever since I have always wanted to pursue this career path.
“Our juvenile court and the attorneys who practice there have earned an excellent reputation throughout the state,” he added. “Judge Jolliff’s upcoming retirement certainly leaves some big shoes to fill.”
Both Toller and Weber have been appointed to serve four-year terms. They join Judge Lindsay Burton.
“We have great expectations for Judge Toller and Judge Weber,” Fuller said. “We look forward to them providing the citizens of Hall and Dawson counties exceptional service as juvenile court judges.”