COVINGTON - Covington native Sheri Capes Roberts has been named judge for the Newton County Juvenile Court commencing Jan. 1 for a term of four years. Making the appointment were the judges of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.
Roberts has an extensive background both as an attorney and within the business community. She said children's issues within the law and the importance of family have always been close to her heart.
"We are very pleased to announce Ms. Roberts as our next Juvenile judge," Chief Superior Court Judge John Ott said. "I was impressed with the high level of qualifications of all the candidates who applied. It was a tough decision to make considering the other candidates, but I am confident that Ms. Roberts will make an excellent Juvenile judge whose main concern is the best interests of the children of Newton County."
Roberts said her new position will bring a variety of rewards.
"I certainly think it has some challenges when you're faced with families and children in crisis, that's a challenge," she said. "But, it's rewarding, too - to work with families using all the resources in the community to get some good outcome."
According to Roberts, Juvenile Court oversees children under 17 in two areas - deprivation of a child and delinquency of a child.
She said she is looking forward to her new position.
"I really enjoy new opportunities and the chance to learn," she said. "It's going to be a great experience working with all the resources we have here - the school system, DFCS, the Sheriff's Office ... It's going to be very rewarding."
Roberts is a graduate of George Walton Academy and received a bachelor of business administration, a master of business administration and juris doctor degrees from the University of Georgia.
A member of the Georgia Bar Association since 1992, she has also been active in running the family business, Capes Property Management, which is involved with real estate and property development, and has also worked for Time Warner Cable.
Her law practice focused on family and juvenile law and she has also worked with and trained personnel for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. She is a former special assistant attorney general for the state and has represented DFCS and child support recovery.
Roberts is the daughter of Johnny and Peggy Capes and is married to Matt Roberts.
She is a former member of the board of the Covington YMCA, the American Red Cross and Project ReNeWal, as well as a past chairman of the board of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce and president of the Newton County Bar Association.
Roberts replaces Juvenile Court Judge Billy Waters, who has served on the bench for 11 years. Waters announced in October that he would not seek reappointment to his post.
Swearing-in ceremonies are set for December.
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