Cobb County Government

Judge James R. Whitfield

Donelle Keaton
Judicial Administrative Specialist

Nikyia Bell
Courtroom Clerk

Pamela Mutuku
Court Reporter

770-528-2576 (Fax)




Marietta, Georgia


1976, B.A. – Political Science – University of Georgia; 1980- Juris Doctor Degree – John Marshall Law School, Atlanta; 2005- Graduate National Judicial College – General Jurisdiction


Presiding Judge Juvenile Court of Cobb County, initial appointment 1-1-2005; 24 years general trial practice prior to appointment as Judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County; admitted to practice of law 1980; admitted to practice in all Georgia trial and appellate courts and all Federal trial, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.


Married to Dr. Karen B. Whitfield and together they have 4 adult children. Judge Whitfield has been a resident of Cobb County since 1964 and attended school in the Cobb County School System.


Past President of Cobb County Bar Association; Former Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Ethics for the Cobb County Board of Education; Charter Member of Cobb Justice Foundation; member of Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, Executive Officer of Council of Juvenile Court Judges; Committee Chair, former District Representative to Council of Juvenile Court Judges, Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children, Strategic Planning Committee – Judicial Council of Georgia; various State Bar of Georgia Committees; numerous business and civic activities and boards.