by Alice Culpepper
On June 2nd, 2021, the Forsyth County DUI Court held a graduation ceremony consisting of seven graduates from the program and an important visit from Chief Justice Harold Melton who has been an avid supporter of the accountability court program in Georgia. This ceremony marks an important milestone for the Forsyth County DUI Court as this year they are celebrating fifteen years since the program was first established, and since 2006, the specialty court has helped countless members of the program overcome addiction and mental health challenges. During the event, each graduate expressed deep gratitude for the life-changing treatment that they received and also for the community that they built with the DUI Court staff, Chief Judge T. Russell McClelland, and others in the program during the last eighteen months of their treatment. In his speech, Chief Justice Melton praised the graduates for their accomplishments, reminding them to be proud of themselves for overcoming and not to forget the hardships that they went through in order to be where they are today. He challenged them to go forth and use their experiences to serve one another in this next chapter of their lives.