Forsyth gets 2 full-time Juvenile Court judges

Christopher Willis (left) and J. Russell Jackson have been named full-time judges for the Forsyth County Juvenile Court. FORSYTH COUNTY
Christopher Willis (left) and J. Russell Jackson have been named full-time judges for the Forsyth County Juvenile Court. FORSYTH COUNTY

Forsyth County will have two full-time judges in the Juvenile Court with the swearing-in of Christopher Willis and J. Russell Jackson, set for 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in Courtroom 501 of the Forsyth County Courthouse, 100 W. Courthouse Square, Cumming.

Selected by the Superior Court bench of Forsyth County, Willis and Jackson will hear cases involving allegations of dependency (abuse and neglect), child in need of services cases, delinquency, parental rights and traffic violations for juveniles.

Willis attended Harding University, earned a juris doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law, and has been in private practice the last 23 years focusing on criminal and civil litigation, officials said. He has served as associate magistrate for the Forsyth Magistrate Court since January 2015.

Jackson attended the University of Georgia and received a juris doctorate from its School of Law. He practiced law until he was appointed the first full-time Forsyth Juvenile Court judge. He has served 19 years on the Juvenile Court bench.