Fatima El-Amin

Chief Judge of DeKalb County Juvenile Court

The Gregory A. Adams
Juvenile Justice Center

4309 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032


(404) 294-2727

The DeKalb County Superior Court Judges have appointed the Honorable Judge Fatima A. El-Amin as the next Chief Judge of the DeKalb County Juvenile Court, effective January 1, 2023. Judge El-Amin is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She attended W.D. Mohammed High School in DeKalb County and completed her collegiate studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Judge El-Amin received her J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law.  

Chief Judge Fatima A. El-Amin is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She attended W. D. Mohammed High School in DeKalb County and graduated as Co-Valedictorian of her class.  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. Her senior honors thesis titled, “The Hijab: Investigating the Relationship between Traditional Islamic Dress and Self-Esteem among African-American Muslim Women,” received Magna Cum Laude distinction at Harvard.  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’s legal career began as an Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County.  She prosecuted adult and juvenile offenders in the Superior Court and Juvenile Court divisions of the District Attorney’s Office.  She also worked in the Condemnations and White Collar Crime divisions of the office.  As an appellate attorney in the D.A.’s office, Judge El-Amin tendered briefs and oral arguments before both the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals.

In 2004, Judge El-Amin joined a private real estate practice in East Point, Georgia, and represented clients in commercial property disputes.  A year later, Judge El-Amin returned to public interest law as a Senior Attorney in the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center.  She was promptly promoted to Supervising Attorney and was responsible for overseeing litigation and advocacy efforts on behalf of abused and neglected child-clients.  In April 2014, the Superior Court Judges of DeKalb County appointed Judge El-Amin as a full Juvenile Court Judge. Judge El-Amin presides over hundreds of dependency, delinquent, and traffic cases in Juvenile Court. She sits, by designation, in DeKalb County Superior Court.   

Judge El-Amin is active in several civic and philanthropic causes. She is the founder and program coordinator of Crowned, an intensive weekly seminar for girls and women, dedicated to affirming and creating positive self-images. Judge El-Amin was the 2018 recipient of the NAACP DeKalb Thurgood Marshall 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 member of the Gate City Bar Association, Leadership DeKalb, the DeKalb Bar Association, the Council for Juvenile Court Judges, the DeKalb Lawyers Association, and GABWA (the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys). Judge El-Amin’s greatest accomplishment is raising her amazing son.