Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White informed county leaders recently that he will no longer be able to prosecute juvenile cases, saying that he is woefully short-staffed.
White has five assistant district attorneys (ADAs) to handle cases in five counties, with each prosecutor handling an average of 482 cases. He said the massive caseload far exceeds the state average and leaves his assistants unable to give proper attention to each case.
“How would you feel if you are the victim of a burglary or had a family member who was the victim of a violent crime and you knew that you were one of 500 cases that prosecutor had?” asked White Nov. 4.
White wrote a letter Oct. 9 to leaders in each of the circuit’s five counties — Madison, Hart, Elbert, Franklin and Oglethorpe — informing them that he would no longer be able to handle prosecution of juvenile cases.
“With approximately 500 cases per ADA, we have neither the staff nor the time to appear in five counties for the prosecution of all felonies and misdemeanors…handle asset forfeitures for 25 law enforcement agencies and continue to handle juvenile court prosecutions,” wrote White. “Even without the additional burden of juvenile court, our caseload is more than double that of the average circuit in the state of Georgia, and is one of the heaviest, if not the heaviest, in the state.”
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