Chief Judge Brenda S. Weaver serves as Chief Superior Court Judge of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit.
She served as an Associate Juvenile Court Judge for the Appalachian Judicial Circuit from 1991 until her appointment as Chief Juvenile Court Judge in April 1995. She served as Chief Juvenile Court Judge until her appointment to the Superior Court in 1996.
She helped to create the Truancy Court in Pickens County, which has now been used as a model for truancy court programs in Georgia. This program addresses both absenteeism and tardiness with both students and parents.
Judge Weaver participated in the European-American Prison Project of the Vera Institute of Justice in 2013.
Judge Weaver served on the Judicial Qualifications Commission from 2013 to 2016.
She serves as the Presiding Judge in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Court and Veterans Court and previously served as the Presiding Judge of the Mental Health Court. She currently serves as the Past-President of the Council of Superior Court Judges.
She serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Council of Accountability Courts Judges. She is a member of the Uniform Rules Committee and the Pattern Charge Committee of the Council of Superior Court Judges. She was appointed by the Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority Board of Directors. She is a member of the Georgia Supportive Housing Board of Directors.
Judge Weaver and her staff organized the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Family Law Information Center which provides assistance to low income individuals in actions involving divorce, child custody and other family law related issues. The circuit was awarded a grant for the center by the Judicial Council and this center serves as a model for other rural judicial circuits in Georgia. The State Bar of Georgia selected this program to receive the William B. Spann, Jr. Pro Bono Award for 2014.
In June, 2017, Judge Weaver was elected to serve as Vice-Chair for the Council of Accountability Court Judges. On July 18, 2017, Judge Weaver was appointed to serve on the Ad Hoc Committee on Misdemeanor Bail Reform.
Locally, she serves as an advisory Board member for the Appalachian Children Center, the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, the Hope House, the Appalachian Children’s Emergency Shelter, Joy House, Georgia Mountain Hospice and Kids Kottage. She has served as a board member of the Pickens County Certified Literate Community Program since 1999.
She is an honorary member of the Rotary Club and a member of the Optimist Club and the Lions Club. She was selected by the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce as the 2015 Citizen of the Year. She is a former Assistant District Attorney, high school teacher and counselor. She is married to George, and together they have five children and five grandchildren.
Mary Elizabeth Priest, Superior Court Judge
Fannin County Courthouse
1 Broad Street, Suite. #202
Ellijay, GA 30540
Wilma Housley, Judicial Assistant
Rhonda Stubblefield, Court Reporter
John E. Worcester, Superior Court Judge
Fannin County Courthouse
400 West Main Street Suite 300
Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513
Phyllis Ross, Judicial Assistant
Angie Matthews, Court Reporter
The Superior Court is Georgia’s general jurisdiction trial court. It has exclusive, constitutional authority over felony cases, divorce, equity and cases regarding title to land. The exclusive jurisdiction of this court also covers such matters as declaratory judgments, habeas corpus, mandamus, quo warranto and prohibition. The Superior Court corrects errors made by lower courts by issuing writs of certiorari; for some lower courts, the right to direct review by the Superior Court applies.
Superior Courts are organized into 10 Judicial Districts, comprised of 49 judicial circuits. Each county has its own Superior Court, though a judge may serve more than one county. The Superior Court of Pickens County is part of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit which also serves Gilmer and Fannin Counties.