Charles E. Auslander, III


Charles Auslander

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.

Throughout 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.

He 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.

Judge 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.


Professional Service:

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


Community Involvement:


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

Court Awards and Recognition:


2008 -  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.


Personal 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.

2011 Magistrate of the Year selected by the Council of Magistrate Court Judges

2010 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


2008, 2010, 2013 successfully completed the Rock / Creek Stump Jump 50k ultra-marathon run at Signal Mountain, TN; Also completed 5 marathons



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