Worcester selected as National CASA Judge of the Year
The Honorable Judge John Worcester was awarded the honor of National Court-Appointed Special Advocates Judge of the Year at their annual conference in Seattle, Wa., recently. Judge Worcester promotes and participates in CASA functions in his judicial circuit and on the state and national level. He believes in CASA’s mission and its values.
When he was on staff with Georgia CASA, and was helping the area develop a CASA program, he fell in love with the north Georgia mountains. After law school, he returned to the mountains to establish his home.
Judge Worcester spent 11 years practicing law with the law offices of Edwin Marger in Jasper, where he concentrated his efforts in the areas of juvenile, family and criminal law. He also served as an assistant district attorney in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit and was assigned to handle child support matters.
Judge Worcester served as chief juvenile judge of the Appalachian circuit from 2004–2016. During his tenure, he was active in the development and implementation of accountability courts. He currently presides over the Parental Accountability and Mental Health Courts. He was sworn in by Gov. Nathan Deal as a Superior Court judge in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit in 2016.
Judge Worcester has been an active member of numerous national, state and local organizations.