The mission of the Juvenile Court is to exercise jurisdiction over all juveniles within the county who are alleged to be delinquent, unruly, traffic offenders, or deprived children, as well as children who are subjects of custody disputes.
The Juvenile Court of Bibb County is authorized by Chapter 11 and Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia. Jurisdiction includes delinquency, unruliness, deprivation, traffic offenses, custody, and guardianship cases, with the court always seeking the “best interests of the child.” In all of these categories, except deprivation and unruliness, jurisdiction ends at age 17. Juvenile Court’s jurisdiction over custody matters is secondary to Superior Court which handles all the custody matters in this circuit. Bibb County Juvenile Court is part of the Macon Judicial Circuit, which also covers Crawford and Peach counties. The court is served by two full-time judges, the honorable Chéferre L. Young, and the honorable Thomas J. Matthews, who presides as Chief Judge.