Towaliga Accountability Courts, Inc.

Serving Lamar, Butts, and Monroe Counties

  Towaliga               Adult, Veterans,           Towaliga Recovery   CASA                     Mental Health Courts                Center         

130 Library Street / Barnesville, GA 30204 / office 770-358-5029 / fax 770-344-4997

About Towaliga Accountability Courts

Our Mission
The mission of the Towaliga Accountability Courts is determined to reduce the rates of substance abuse and drug related criminal activity by providing intensive supervision, substance abuse treatment, judicial guidance, and case management services for individual's dependent on alcohol and/or addictive substances and may have co-occurring disorders.
Judge William A. Fears

Judge Fears is a native of Butts County, Georgia, and practiced law in Jackson from 1985 until 2003.  On September 2, 2003, Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Judge Fears to the Superior Court Bench in the Towaliga Judicial Circuit.  Judge Fears has an extensive background in trial work including both civil and criminal jury trials, and has experience in governmental law.  Judge Fears is the former Vice President of the Towaliga Bar Association and was a past President of the previous Flint Bar Association.


Judge Fears is an active member of the community and volunteers his time for various civic activities including the Butts County Recreation Department.  Judge Fears is currently a member of the Butts County Rotary Club and is a member of the Daughtry Foundation Board of Trustees.  Judge Fears is also an active member and former Deacon of the First Baptist Church in Jackson.


Judge Fears is married to the former Joyce Lewis, a native of Jackson, Georgia.  Joyce works as a pharmacist for Wal-Mart and is the pharmacy manager at the McDonough Super Center.  Judge Fears and Joyce have been married for 24 years and have two children.

Patricia L. Gavel

Ms. Gavel is the Executive Director of the Towaliga Accountability Courts / Towaliga CASA. She is a native of Spalding County and has served in ministry for 32 years. She recently worked for the Administrative Office of the Courts for over five years serving as project assistant on statewide trainings, program evaluations and managing state funded grants for the state of Georgia.

Ms. Gavel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing. She is currently enrolled in Michigan State University's Judicial Administration Program where she hopes to earn her National Judicial Administration Certification. 

Ms. Gavel is a member of Abundant Life Church in Jackson, GA. Her 4 sons and their families are involved with music ministry and christian education. She also enjoys time with her mother, sister, and 2 dogs.