Parental Accountability Court
Superior Court Judge John E. Worcester
400 West Main Street, Suite 300
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Contact: Craig Shiba, Coordinator 404-971-2205
The Parental Accountability Court Program (PAC), formerly known as Child Support Court or Problem Solving Court, began in 2009. The program is the result of cooperative partnerships between multiple judicial circuits, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Services.
PAC seeks to address underlying issues that make it difficult for non-custodial parents to pay child support while providing judges with an alternative to incarceration in civil contempt cases.
The program uses a team approach to meet participants’ needs as they become more accountable for supporting their children Members of the Parental Accountability Court Team include the Judge, Special Assistant Attorney General (SAAG), or Assistant District Attorney (ADA), Parental Accountability Court Coordinator (PAC-C), from the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Child Support Services (DCSS), DCSS local Office Manager, and representative(s) from the Community Service Board (CSB).
PAC utilizes resources within the community that helps address the root causes of chronic nonpayment. These resources may include referrals to employment programs, General Education Development (GED) classes, short-term training, and referrals to counseling and access and visitation mediators. PAC also reduces incarceration costs for county governments while helping parents become accountable for supporting their children.
The program encompasses vocational, educational, and mentoring concepts. When necessary, the program may also address behavioral health and developmental disability issues by providing referrals to appropriate resource providers.