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The Superior Court of the Clayton Judicial Circuit is a trial court of general jurisdiction which has exclusive constitutional authority over cases involving title to land; divorce; equity; declaratory judgment; habeas corpus; mandamus; quo warranto and prohibition; adoptions; and felony cases prosecuted by the District Attorney's office. The Superior Court of Clayton County is located at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, 9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA 30236.

Deborah C. Benefield, Chief Judge
Matthew O. Simmons, Judge
Geronda V. Carter, Judge
Albert B. Collier, Judge

Tracy Graham Lawson, District Attorney

Jacquline D. Wills, Clerk of Superior Court

Matthew Sorensen, Court Administrator

Superior Court Calendars 

The State Court of the Clayton Judicial Circuit is a trial court with limited jurisdiction covering misdemeanor and traffic violations, prosecuted by the Office of the Solicitor General, and all civil actions, regardless of the amount, unless the Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction. The State Court of Clayton County is located at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, 9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA 30236.

John C. Carbo, Chief Judge
Morris E. Braswell, Judge
Linda S. Cowen, Judge
Aaron Mason, Judge
Michael T. Garrett, Judge

Tasha M. Mosley, Solicitor General

Gail Carnes, Clerk of State Court

Matthew Sorensen, Court Administrator

State Court Calendars

The Probate Court of Clayton County exercises exclusive, original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, administration of estates, appointment of guardians and involuntary hospitalization of incapacitated adults and other individuals.

All probate court judges administer oaths of office and issue marriage licenses. They may hold habeas corpus hearings or preside over criminal preliminary hearings. The Probate Court of Clayton County is located at Courthouse Annex III, 121 South McDonough Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236.

Pam Ferguson, Judge

The Magistrate Court of Clayton County has jurisdiction over civil disputes involving $15,000 or less, certain misdemeanor criminal offenses, landlord/tenant disputes, county ordinance violations, preliminary hearings in felony and misdemeanor criminal cases and the consideration and issuance of arrest warrants and search warrants. The Magistrate Court of Clayton County is located at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, 9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA 30236.

Wanda L. Dallas, Chief Judge

Jacquline D. Wills, Clerk of Magistrate Court

Magistrate Court Calendars

The purpose of the Juvenile Court of Clayton County is to protect the well-being of children, provide guidance and control conducive to child welfare and the best interests of the state, and secure care for children removed from their homes.

The exclusive, original jurisdiction of juvenile courts extends to delinquent children under the age of 17 and deprived or unruly children under the age of 18. Juvenile courts have concurrent jurisdiction with superior courts in cases involving capital felonies, custody and child support cases, and in proceedings to terminate parental rights. The superior courts have original jurisdiction over those juveniles who commit certain serious felonies. The juvenile court also has jurisdiction over minors committing traffic violations or enlisting in the military services, consent to marriage for minors, and cases involving the Interstate Compact on Juveniles. The Juvenile Court of Clayton County is located at 9163 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, GA 30236.

Steven C. Teske, Chief Judge

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Indigent Defense Program

Angela M. Arnold, Director of Indigent Defense
Harold R. Banke Justice Center
9151 Tara Blvd., Suite 2ID01, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Fax: 678-479-5038

Circuit Public Defender's Office/Clayton Judicial Circuit

Christine A. Van Dross, Circuit Public Defender
Clayton Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office
146 N. McDonough Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Telephone: 678-479-5036 Fax: 678-479-5037