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Joshua C. Bell is new circuit juvenile judge

The Southwest Georgia Judicial Circuit, which includes Grady County, is now being served by two new juvenile judges.
Superior Court Chief Judge J. Kevin Chason and Superior Court Judge Heather Lanier appointed new judges who took the bench in January.
Whigham attorney and Grady County State Court Judge Joshua C. Bell and Mitchell County State Court Judge Rick Waters are the new juvenile judges for the circuit.
Bell and Waters replace judges Randy Chew and Chip Perry.
“I am very humbled by the opportunity to serve as one of the circuit’s juvenile judges. As part of my private practice, which will continue, I have stressed helping families and children. This role allows me to continue that in a more specific way. I am excited about the opportunity to help in any way I can in the lives of our young people,” Judge Bell said.
Judge Bell will concentrate on Grady, Decatur and Calhoun counties while Judge Waters will concentrate on Mitchell and Baker counties.
Judge Bell says that Grady County Juvenile Court is held once a month and his first session of court as the new judge was last month.
In addition to serving as a circuit juvenile judge, Bell also serves as the judge of Cairo Municipal Court, Bainbridge Municipal Court, Donalsonville Municipal Court, Meigs Municipal Court and Whigham Recorders Court.
Bell became Grady County State Court Judge on Jan. 1, 2015. He has practiced law in Whigham since opening his own practice in 2009.
Prior, he was a partner in the Bainbridge law firm of Kirbo, Kendrick & Bell from July 2001 until November 2009.
He was also a partner in the law firm Chason, Willett & Bell from August 1998 until July 2001.
Judge Bell earned a juris doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in May 1998. He also earned a master of public administration degree from UGA in June 1995 and a bachelor of arts in criminal justice from UGA in June 1993.
He is a 1989 graduate of the Brookwood School in Thomasville.
In 2009, Judge Bell was nominated as a candidate for the Supreme Court of Georgia. He was one of 39 candidates who were interviewed to fill a vacancy on the state supreme court following the resignation of Chief Justice Leah Sears.
During his legal career, Bell has been the recipient of numerous awards from professional associations.
Judge Bell is also involved in various civic organizations having served as a mentor for local youth, former board member of the United Way of both Grady County and Decatur County, as well as a former member of the Cairo Rotary Club.
Bell is a past director of the Grady General Support League and a former trustee of Southwest Georgia Technical College.
He was recently elected as member of the board of directors of the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce.
Judge Bell has called Whigham home since he and his parents moved back to Whigham from West Virginia in 1983.
He and his wife, Deana, are the parents of Finnley, 10, and McCartney, 8.

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