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Fourth judge appointed to Juvenile Court in Hall, Dawson counties
Matt Leipold
Attorney Matt Leipold makes a closing argument during a 2021 trial in Hall County Superior Court. - photo by Photo/Scott Rogers, DCN Regional Staff

Assistant Public Defender Matt Leipold was named as the fourth judge on the Juvenile Court bench for Hall and Dawson counties on Tuesday, March 15.

The courts received  American Rescue Plan funding in December to add a fourth judgeship, which they had otherwise hoped to do by 2024. 

Leipold was appointed by the Superior Court judges and will handle some civil Superior Court matters in the immediate future.

Leipold started with the Northeastern Judicial Circuit’s public defender’s office — which covers Hall and Dawson counties — in 2013.

“We’re very pleased to have Mr. Leipold continue his public service in this new capacity,” Chief Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin said in a statement. “He’s earned a reputation as a devoted advocate and skillful practitioner, with a sharp knowledge of the law.”

Leipold will be sworn in on March 28. He was unavailable to comment further Tuesday, March 15, when reached by The Times.