Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.





Towaliga Web Page Picture 1Towaliga Accountability Court

Judge: William A. Fears

Coordinator: Patricia Gavel

Telephone: (706) 819-2978

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 The Towaliga Accountability Courts, Inc. (TAC) that serves Butts, Lamar and Monroe counties was started by Superior Court Judge William A. Fears in 2005 and has the distinction of being one of the oldest in the state. The accountability court has expanded to a hybrid court including Adult Felony, Mental Health, Veteran, and Re-entry tracts on a pre and post adjudication basis.

The program offers education on substance abuse treatment, parenting, anger management life skills, gender specific groups, and ancillary services. Co-occurring issues are addressed by offering individual counseling and utilizing other state community resources. The main goals of TAC include reducing recidivism among participants, improving the quality of life of the participants and their families through vocational training and substance abuse education, connecting participants with ancillary services, and improving public safety by reducing the crime rate in our community.

Towaliga Web Page Picture 2TAC offers programs such as Anger Management, Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), Seeking Safety and 12 step meetings. Mental health services are provided by McIntosh Trail and Pathways. The TAC team’s legal members are Assistant District Attorney, Matt Bridges and the Assistant Public Defender, Elenor Reese. Potential participants can be referred by anyone, Probation, Defense Attorney, etc., and are taken on a post adjudication basis.

In 2008, Judge Tommy Wilson established the first Veteran's Court in the state of Georgia.(Pictured right: Judge Fears with a recent Court graduate)