Superior Court - Judge Cynthia C. Adams
Judicial Assistant 770-920-7265
VIDEOCONFERENCE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HEARINGS
- Judge Adams controls the scheduling of the criminal and civil cases that are assigned to her.
- Priority is given to criminal cases in which the defendant remains incarcerated without bond.
- Anyone who has a criminal case pending and who is unable to afford to hire an attorney should contact the Douglas County Public Defender’s Office as soon as possible.
- All civil cases that are ready for trial are added to the "Ready (Short) List" and will be on the civil jury calendar.
- All appeals involving county ad valorem taxes are added to the next civil jury trial list because of state law requirements for the processing of those cases. Those requirements take priority over the time limits for civil discovery.
- All civil cases in which answers are filed are referred to mediation through the 7th Judicial Administrative District 770-387-5480. The parties are encouraged to use this program to resolve their cases efficiently and oftentimes with less expense.
JUDGE ADAMS' BIOGRAPHY
Judge Cynthia C. Adams has been serving as a Superior Court judge since 2017. She is the first female and first African American to serve as a judge in Douglas County on the state or superior court level. She was originally appointed in 2017 and has been re-elected twice to continue serving her community.
As a teenager in 1993, Judge Adams was selected as an intern in the first class of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Summer Law Internship Program for high school students. Preparing to enter the 32nd year of this program, Judge Adams continues to serve as a mentor and an intern host.
In addition to her regular court docket, Judge Adams also runs the Douglas County Mental Health Court and established the Parental Accountability Court. Mental Health Court is a judicially supervised, treatment-based program for those individuals with a documented mental health diagnosis. The goal is to improve mental health, promote self-sufficiency, reduce recidivism, and offer cost effective alternatives to incarceration and hospitalization. The Parental Accountability Court is a joint effort of the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Child Support Services and Superior Court Judges to offer an alternative to incarceration and to help chronic non-payers of child support make regular payments.
Judge Adams has a passion for children – not just her own, but all children. She is particularly proud of creating a reading library for the children involved in the Douglas County Juvenile court. Growing up she felt that every piece of literature she read changed her in some way and added texture to how she viewed the world. Her hope for the book room is that it will light a spark of curiosity in the children, creating a love for books and reading, and ultimately changing their trajectory in life.
Judge Adams is a graduate of Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) and the University of Georgia School of Law. She is married to her college sweetheart and best friend, Dwayne Adams. Dwayne is a partner at an Atlanta law firm. They live in Douglasville with their two children.
Judge Adams serves her community as a 2017 graduate of Leadership Douglas and is a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Gate City Bar Association, Douglas County Bar Association, Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and Douglas County Rotary. She currently serves on the Judicial Council of Georgia Access to Justice Committee, Council of Accountability Court Judges Executive Committee, Council of Accountability Court Judges Standards and Certification Committee, Council of Accountability Court Judges Training Committee, and chairs the Council of Accountability Court Judges Special Treatment Committee. She also previously served on the Board of the Douglas County Cultural Arts Council and the Good Samaritan Center in Douglas County.