Chief Judge of DeKalb County Juvenile Court
The Gregory A. Adams
Juvenile Justice Center
4309 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
Chief Judge Fatima A. El-Amin is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and she attended W. D. Mohammed High School in DeKalb County. Judge El-Amin completed her collegiate studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated cum laude with a dual B.A. degree in Psychology and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Judge El-Amin returned to Atlanta, Georgia, and received her J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in 2000. She was the recipient of the Emory Law School Dean’s Public Service Award.
Judge El-Amin has served as a full Juvenile Court Judge since 2014. She presides over the Court’s dependency, delinquent, and traffic cases. She also presides over the DeKalb County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, Rebound. Judge El-Amin sits by designation in the DeKalb County Superior Court. On January 1, 2023, the Superior Court Judges of DeKalb County appointed Judge El-Amin as the Chief Judge of the DeKalb County Juvenile Court.
A former Supervising Child Advocate Attorney, Judge El-Amin started her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County working in the trial and white-collar crime divisions. As an appellate attorney in the D.A.’s office, Judge El-Amin tendered briefs and oral arguments before the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals.
Judge El-Amin is active in several civic and philanthropic causes. She is the founder and program coordinator of Crowned, an intensive seminar for girls and women, dedicated to affirming and creating positive self-images. Judge El-Amin is the recipient of the NAACP DeKalb Thurgood Marshall Award, the DeKalb County Schools Living Legend Award, and the Islamic Speakers Bureau 100 Influential Georgia Muslims Award. She is a former Associate Legal Producer of a nationally-syndicated court television program, and a former co-host of “The Circle”, a local cable television program highlighting the perspectives and contributions of leading women in Atlanta. She is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and Leadership DeKalb; and she is a member of the Gate City Bar Association, the DeKalb Bar Association, the Council for Juvenile Court Judges, the DeKalb Lawyers Association, and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.
Judge El-Amin is the proud mother of one son.