Senate Passes Companion Bill to Juvenile Justice Code Rewrite

ATLANTA (March 26, 2013) – The State Senate passed HB 182, a companion bill to the juvenile justice code rewrite, by a vote of 52-0.   Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro) carried HB 182 in the Georgia Senate.

“House Bill 182 helps clarify the juvenile justice code rewrite in House Bill 242,” said Sen. Stone.  “It’s been an honor to work with my colleagues and the Governor’s Special Council on Justice Reform for the past couple of years to develop a landmark juvenile justice reform package that will help redefine the juvenile justice system in Georgia.  Our new direction will focus on procedural due process, family preservation, rehabilitation and proper representation.”

HB 182 repeals the section of current law that allows a judge to order a rehearing at any time in the juvenile court.  In addition, under this legislation, the juvenile court judge may appoint an associate juvenile court judge to serve as judge pro tempore.

HB 182 now travels back to the House of Representatives to approve Senate changes.

For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2013

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