Superior Court Judges

Chief Judge Brenda S. Weaver

Chief Judge Brenda S. Weaver

Brenda S. Weaver, Chief Judge

P.O. Box 545
Jasper, GA 30143
706-253-8729 phone
706-253-8734 fax


  • Tara Gibson, Judicial Assistant     706-253-8729
  • Cami Fowler, Law Clerk     706-253-8731
  • Stacy McClure, Judicial Program Coordinator   706-253-8743
  • Appalachian Court Reporting, Court Reporter    706-745-4455

Judge Brenda S. Weaver serves as Chief Superior Court Judge of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit.

She served as an Associate Juvenile Court Judge for the Appalachian Judicial Circuit from 1991 until her appointment as Chief Juvenile Court Judge in April 1995. She served as Chief Juvenile Court Judge until her appointment to the Superior Court in 1996.

She helped to create the Truancy Court in Pickens County, which has now been used as a model for truancy court programs in Georgia. This program addresses both absenteeism and tardiness with both students and parents.

She serves as the Presiding Judge in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Drug Court and Mental Health Court. In addition, she and Chief Juvenile Judge John Worcester worked together to create a Family Drug Court, Child Support and Family Violence Court in the circuit. Additionally, plans are being made to establish a Veteran’s Drug Court in the circuit.

She serves as a member of the Supreme Court Commission on Access and Fairness in the Courts, and serves as the Chairperson of the Records Retention Committee for the Judicial Council. She serves as Chairperson of the Council of Superior Court Judges’ Accountability and Treatment Courts Committee, a member of the Uniform Rules Committee and the Pattern Charge Committee.

She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s E-Filing Committee and was recently appointed to serve in the State Bar of Georgia’s Next Generation Courts Commission.

Judge Weaver and her staff organized the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Family Law Information Center which provides assistance to low income individuals in actions involving divorce, child custody and other family law related issues. The circuit was awarded a grant for the center by the Judicial Council and this center serves as a model for other rural judicial circuits in Georgia.

Locally, she serves as an advisory Board member for the Appalachian Children Center, the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, the Hope House, the Appalachian Children’s Emergency Shelter, Joy House, Georgia Mountain Hospice and Kids Kottage.

She is a former Assistant District Attorney, high school teacher and counselor.

She is married to George and together they have five children and four grandchildren.


Mary Elizabeth Priest, Superior Court Judge

1 Broad Street, Ste. #202
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-515-2027 phone
706-515-2028 fax


  • Wilma Housley, Judicial Assistant
  • Law Clerk
  • Rhonda Stubblefield, Court Reporter


John E. Worcester, Superior Court Judge

Fannin County Courthouse
400 West Main Street Suite 300
Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513
706-258-5204 phone
706-258-5209 fax


  • Phyllis Ross, Judicial Assistant
  • Law Clerk
  • Angie Matthews, Court Reporter