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Two dozen Georgia judicial circuits receive $15.3 million in grants

(The Center Square) — A judicial committee has awarded grants totaling more than $15.3 million to 24 Georgia judicial circuits.

The latest tranche is the second and final award cycle of American Rescue Act Plan funding for the 2023 calendar year. The Judicial Council of Georgia Ad Hoc Committee on ARPA Funding announced the awards.

Most of the grants will go toward courtroom audio-visual equipment upgrades.

“The delays in start-up we saw during the first year of the program seem to have subsided although hiring challenges continue to exist in various circuits across the state,” Supreme Court of Georgia Chief Justice Michael P. Boggs, chair of the Judicial Council and the ARPA Committee, said in an announcement.

“Despite the challenges, I’m very proud of the work our judges and court personnel are making throughout the state in successfully implementing their grant-funded case backlog plans,” Boggs added. “We look forward to the support and efficiencies the audio-visual equipment modernization will provide to move cases faster and without technical delays and am pleased to see the thoughtful and planned responses to this opportunity.”

In October 2021, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, announced up to $110 million in ARPA funds to address backlogs of court cases, especially those involving violent felonies.

Of the two dozen circuits receiving grants, two are first-time applicants and 22 applied for additional funds for an existing award. With the latest tranche, 45 of Georgia’s 50 judicial circuits have received grants since the program began.

In November, judicial officials awarded $39.4 million to 37 judicial circuits. In 2022, more than $44.1 million in grants were awarded to 42 of the state’s 50 judicial circuits.

American Rescue Plan Act Funding CY 2023 Awards

CircuitCY 2023 Cycle 1 Award AmountsCY 2023 Cycle 2 Grant RequestsCY 2023 Cycle 2 Award AmountsCY 2023 Cumulative Awards
Budget as approved by Committee$39,476,327$15,371,004$15,371,004$54,847,331
Alapaha
Alcovy$266,384$805,000$805,000$1,071,384
Appalachian$1,710,892$404,403$404,403$2,115,295
Atlanta
Atlantic$1,515,207$925,527$925,527$2,440,734
Augusta$2,000,000$500,000$500,000$2,500,000
Bell-Forsyth
Blue Ridge$97,290$1,315,931$1,315,931$1,413,221
Brunswick$993,314$1,140,350$1,140,350$2,133,664
Chattahoochee$1,977,991$99,336$99,336$2,077,327
Cherokee$1,087,538$1,087,538
Clayton – Cycle 2 application withdrawn
Cobb$2,000,000$2,000,000
Columbia$1,011,758$353,000$353,000$1,364,758
Conasauga$239,582$150,000$150,000$389,582
Cordele
Coweta$1,999,801$500,000$500,000$2,499,801
Dougherty
Douglas$894,830$894,830
Dublin$607,260$607,260
Eastern
Enotah$1,999,662$1,999,662
Flint$1,370,631$1,370,631$1,370,631
Griffin$1,135,685$1,035,540$1,035,540$2,171,225
Gwinnett$1,999,792$499,998$499,998$2,499,790
Houston
Lookout Mountain$625,661$625,661
Macon – Cycle 2 application pending$1,246,466$1,246,466
Middle
Mountain$364,080$880,987$880,987$1,245,067
Northeastern$1,988,000$512,000$512,000$2,500,000
Northern$669,069$669,069
Ocmulgee$242,595$448,126$448,126$690,721
Oconee$982,839$982,839
Ogeechee$1,418,082$611,186$611,186$2,029,268
Pataula$132,257$132,257$132,257
Paulding$1,298,033$364,441$364,441$1,662,474
Piedmont$62,530$62,530
Rockdale$2,000,000$2,000,000
Rome
South Georgia$213,248$659,787$659,787$873,035
Southern
Southwestern$332,816$332,816
Stone Mountain$2,000,000$2,000,000
Tallapoosa$960,239$960,239
Tifton$163,603$16,753$16,753$180,356
Toombs$499,457$430,000$430,000$929,457
Towaliga$643,998$643,998
Waycross$904,836$1,207,971$1,207,971$2,112,807
Western$1,323,789$1,007,780$1,007,780$2,331,569

Table: By T.A. DeFeo | The Center Square contributor  Source: Judicial Council of Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts  Created with Datawrapper

By T.A. DeFeo | The Center Square contributor

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