The Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office has the responsibility and authority to prosecute crimes in Habersham, Rabun and Stephens Counties. In each case brought before the court, the DA's office represents "The People of the State of Georgia."
As the elected District Attorney of Mountain Judicial Circuit, Brian M. Rickman is charged with the responsibility of upholding the laws and statutes of Georgia, and representing the "People." In all cases, the objective of the Office has been, and continues to be, the administration of justice.
Because cops and robbers television programs abound, most people are aware of the role of law enforcement in investigating crimes and apprehending the people who appear to be responsible for the offenses. But when does the office of the District Attorney (DA) get involved?
Once an arrest on a felony charge punishable by one year or more in prison has been made in any one of the counties of the Mountain Judicial Circuit, the DA is presented with the evidence. The testimony and facts are reviewed and later presented to the Grand Jury. This jury must determine if there are sufficient grounds to return a "true bill" or indictment.
If the decision is yes, then the DA's office is responsible for prosecuting the case when it is scheduled to be heard in the Superior Court of the Mountain Judicial District. The outcome, of course, rests in the hands of the judge and jury.
Victim Assistance ProgramMeanwhile, the office also provides aid to victims through its Victim Assistance Program.
Imagine the emotional trauma of a person who has been beaten, or who has lost a loved one at the hands of a murderer, or who has returned home to find the property he had worked so hard for gone. To someone trying to work through shock, disbelief, and anger, dealing with the unknown process of the court system may be an additional unwelcome burden.
To lend a hand during this distressing time, the District Attorney's office has implemented the Victim Assistance Program.
One important part of this program is providing answers to questions regarding victim's rights and compensation, the status of a case, court procedure, and others. As well as helping a victim regain a sense of control, they also point out practical steps they may take, depending on their situation. In addition, abused spouses and children are directed to needed help.
For more information about this program, please contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Sharon Moore, in the District Attorney's office in Clarkesville at 706-839-0370.
Contact InformationHabersham County
Mailing Address: P O Box 2138 Clarkesville, GA 30523
Location: 555 Monroe Street County Courthouse, second floor Clarkesville, GA 30523
Phone: 706-839-0370 Fax: 706-754-6183
Contact: Chief Asst. District Attorney J. Edward Staples
Mailing Address: Stephens County Government Building
205 North Alexander St., Suite 208, Toccoa, GA 30577
Location: New County Courthouse, main floor Toccoa, GA 30577
Phone: 706-886-7920 Fax: 706-886-0350
Contact: Assistant District Attorney Rick Bridgeman
Mailing Address: 25 Courthouse Square, Suite 121, Clayton, GA 30525 Location: 25 Courthouse Square County Courthouse, main floor Clayton, GA 30525
Phone: 706-839-0370 Fax: 706-782-7375
Contact: Assistant District Attorney Penny Robinson
Brian M. Rickman, District Attorney
Sharon Moore, Victim Assistance Coordinator