New leadership for Cobb Accountability Courts
Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Leonard recently announced two new presiding judges and a new coordinator for one of its four accountability courts. Judge C. LaTain Kell, who formerly presided over the intermediate drug treatment court, will shift to the veteran’s accountability and treatment court. Judge Kimberly Childs will take Kell’s position as presiding judge for the former court, which handles cases of lower-risk participants battling substance abuse. Porsha Middlebrook, meanwhile, now serves as coordinator for the drug court. She joins the court after serving as a law enforcement work release counselor and a pretrial intervention counselor with the Department of Corrections. Cobb Superior Court’s accountability courts, of which there are four, “aim to treat an offender’s underlying issues and return individuals to being productive members of society while reducing the cost of incarcerating generally non-violent offenders,” the release said.