Charles Auslander has served Athens-Clarke County as a judge since 2002. He served in the Magistrate
Court from 2002–2011, and in the State Court since 2011.
his judicial career, Judge Auslander has been an advocate for rehabilitation
and restoration as alternatives to incarceration, fines, and other traditional
sentencing methods used in our criminal justice system. He has focused on
identifying and addressing the underlying cause of criminal behavior, whether
it be substance use disorder, a mental health diagnosis, or past trauma.
presides over the Athens DUI treatment court, which continues to receive
national recognition for its success in reducing recidivism among repeat DUI
offenders through its program of intensive supervision, substance use disorder
treatment, and connection to rehabilitative services. The Athens DUI treatment
court serves as a nationally recognized training site that hosts treatment
court professionals from around the country seeking to learn best practices.
Auslander also has been a leader in promoting alternative dispute resolution in
civil cases. In 2006, the Supreme Court of Georgia selected him to serve as a
member of the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution and to be the chair of
the Commission from 2012 to 2019.
Judge Auslander has served our community in many ways, from coaching youth soccer and basketball to serving as a board member of the Athens Community Council on Aging. He and his family attend St. Joseph Catholic Church and are active in many ministries of the church. He is an avid runner, having completed marathons and ultra-marathons.
Judge Auslander earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia. A listing of
selected professional service, community involvement, and other accomplishments
is provided below.
Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution 2006 – 2021
Chair of Commission 2012 – 2019
Chair of Ethics Committee 2010 – 2012
Council of Accountability Court Judges 2015 – present
Executive Committee 2019 – present
Funding Committee Chairman 2022 – 2023
Accountability Court Funding Committee 2012 – 2015
Council of State Court Judges 2012 – present
Chair of DUI Court Committee 2019 – 2021
Council of Magistrate Court Judges 2002 – 2011
Executive Committee 2009 – 2011
Chair of Legislative Committee 2009 – 2011
State Bar of Georgia
Next Generation Courts Commission 2011 – 2013
Young Lawyers Division Executive Council 2001 – 2005
Western Circuit Bar Association 1998 – present
Treasurer 2001 – 2002
Athens Community Council on Aging
Board of Directors 2011 – 2017
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Active Member 1998 – present
Usher & Greeter Ministry Coordinator 2006 – 2014
Parish Council President 2012 – 2014
Knights of Columbus 2007 – present
Small Group Leader for Teen Confirmation 2016 – 2020
Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School
Member, Board of Trustees 2005 – present
Chair, Board of Trustees 2012 – present
Athens United Soccer Association
Volunteer Soccer Coach 2007 – 2012
Athens First United Methodist
Volunteer Basketball Coach 2008 – 2012
Holly Hills Homeowner Association
Vice President 2004 – 2015
Awards and Recognition:
- 2025 Academy Court selected by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
and National Center for DWI Court to serve as 1 of only 4 national model courts
and a national training site for treatment court professionals. The Athens DUI treatment court is the only
court in the United States to serve as an Academy Court for 15 years.
Awards, Recognitions, and Accomplishments:
2022 Chief Justice Harold Clarke Award presented by the Supreme Court of Georgia Commission for Dispute Resolution and State Bar of Georgia Dispute Resolution Section in recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Dispute Resolution in Georgia.
2021 National DWI Court Leadership Award presented by the National Center of DUI Courts for demonstrating significant Leadership and exemplary performance in the advancement of DUI Courts.
Magistrate of the Year selected by the Council of Magistrate Court Judges
Legislative Leader selected by the Council of Magistrate Court Judges
2003 – 2004 and 2004 – 2005 Award of
Achievement for exemplary service, Georgia Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia
2010, 2013 successfully completed the Rock / Creek Stump Jump 50k
ultra-marathon run at Signal Mountain, TN; Also completed 5 marathons