The drug court is a specialized court operating as a division of the Superior Court. The mission of the drug court is to stop abuse of drugs and alcohol and related criminal activity. Every county in the circuit operates a drug court. The participant must complete the requirements of the program in order to graduate. All participants are enrolled in the program for a minimum of 24 months. The program includes treatment, random drug screens, attendance of NA/AA meetings and regular court appearances.

Drug court is specifically designed to facilitate the treatment and rehabilitation of non-violent felony drug defendants who meet entrance criteria established by the drug court steering committee and are accepted by the drug court team. It is intended for those who are addicted to or are abusing drugs or alcohol and wish to change.

Drug Court Team Members

Brenda S. Weaver – Drug Court Judge
P.O. Box 545
Jasper, GA 30143

706-253-8729 phone
706-253-8734 fax

Julia Panter – Specialty Court Coordinator
P.O. Box 654
Jasper, GA 30143

706-299-1364 phone

Larry Clemmons – Drug Court Probation Officer
P.O. Box 654
Jasper, GA 30143

706-633-3702 phone

Joe Hendricks – Drug Court Prosecutor
50 North Main Street
Jasper, GA 30143

706-253-3511 phone

Alan Morris – Chief Judge
Magistrate Court of Pickens County
50 North Main Street Street, Suite 105
Jasper, GA 30143

706-253-8747 phone

Brandon Owens – Commander
Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force
25 West Church Street, Suite 110
Jasper, GA 30143

706-253-8920 phone

William Cole – Chief Probation Officer
State of Georgia Department of Corrections
Appalachian Judicial Circuit Probation Office
37 Court Street
Jasper, GA 30143

706-692-4805 phone

Lori Clayton – Chief Probation Officer
Appalachian Pre-Trial & Probation Program
50 North Main Street
Jasper, GA 30143

706-253-3480 phone

Patti Capstick – Executive Assistant to the District Attorney
Office of the District Attorney
Appalachian Judicial Circuit
50 North Main Street
Jasper, GA 30143

706-253-3511 phone

Michael Parham – Drug Court Public Defender
Office of the Circuit Public Defender
Appalachian Judicial Circuit
Gilmer County Courthouse
Ellijay, GA 30540

706-692-6673 phone

Stacy McClure – Judicial Programs Coordinator
Appalachian Judicial Circuit
52 North Main Street
Jasper, GA 30143

706-253-8743 phone

Lynn Bishop, NCAC II – Drug Court Treatment Provider
166 Nanathala Pass
Blue Ridge Ga 30513


Are you a candidate for Drug Court?

Click here to review the Drug Court Manual

If you have a drug or alcohol dependency and if this addiction led to your current criminal charges, you may be a candidate for the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Drug Court.

The Drug Court is a Court supervised drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. The duration of the program is a minimum of two years.

Usually, to be considered for Drug Court, your criminal charges must include:

  • Possession of a controlled substance;
  • Prescription drug offense; or
  • Criminal charges in which drug and/or alcohol addiction is a major factor

Some conditions will exclude you from the Drug Court. These conditions include:

  • Mental illness;
  • Conviction of any violent offense;
  • Illegal alien status; or
  • Pending felony charges in another jurisdiction.

If you are accepted into Drug Court, you must admit your addiction and enter a negotiated guilty plea. You will be required to pay monthly fees, attend counseling, NA/AA meetings, and report to the Judge at least twice per month.

If you complete the program, there is beneficial treatment of your criminal charges. If you fail to complete the program, you immediately begin serving the sentence you were given when you entered your plea. You may also enter this program as a negotiated plea in a probation revocation hearing.

If you have a drug and/or alcohol problem and would like to be recommended to the Drug Court Team for consideration for the Drug Court Program, please contact your attorney who will provide you additional information concerning this program. If you do not have an attorney, please contact the Public Defender’s office located in your county of residence.