The Honorable Amanda N. Heath
Board Director, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
The Honorable Amanda N. Heath is a Juvenile Court Judge in the Augusta Judicial Circuit of Georgia that covers Burke, Columbia, and Richmond counties. Judge Heath was appointed by the Superior Court effective October 1, 2016, at the age of 31. She is the first African American female to serve in this position and is the youngest sitting judge in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.
Judge Heath is innovative as she administers justice from the bench. Her goal is to hold children accountable for their actions, not to hold them hostage. In addition, to ensure families are connected with community resources to reduce the need for child protective services involvement and promote safe and stable families. Judge Heath is passionate about developing and implementing trauma-informed practices to adjudicate cases involving youth that are at high risk or have been exploited through human sex trafficking.
Judge Heath is the Chairperson of the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee for the Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges. She is also the Georgia Co-chairperson for the National Association of Women Judges. Judge Heath currently serves on the Georgia Supreme Court Committee for Justice for Children and is a graduate of Leadership Georgia.
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