Court Information

Superior Court

The superior court exercises broad civil and criminal jurisdiction. Superior court judges preside over all felony trials, have exclusive jurisdiction over divorces and may correct errors made by limited jurisdiction courts. Superior Courts are organized into 10 Judicial Districts, comprised of 49 judicial circuits. Each county has its own Superior Court, though a judge may serve more than one county. A chief judge handles the administrative tasks for each circuit. Superior court judges are constitutional officers who are elected to four-year terms in circuit-wide nonpartisan elections. Certain vacancies that occur in superior court are filled by appointment of the Governor. A candidate for superior court judge must be at least 30 years of age, a lawyer who has practices for seven years, and a resident of the state for three years.

The Alcovy Judicial Circuit is part of the Tenth Judicial District and serves Newton and Walton Counties.

The Newton County Juvenile Court, Probate Court, Magistrate Court and Superior Court offices and courtrooms, as well as the District Attorney’s Office and the Clerk of Courts offices are in the Newton County Judicial Center located at 1132 Usher Street, Covington, Georgia.


 

Courtroom and Office Locations:

Newton County Judicial Center
1132 Usher Street
Covington, Georgia 30014

  • Juvenile Court - 1st Floor
  • Probate Court - 1st Floor
  • Magistrate Court - 1st Floor
  • Superior Courts and Judges' Chambers - 2nd Floor
  • Law Library - 2nd Floor
  • District Attorney's Office - 3rd Floor
  • Clerk of Courts - 3rd Floor


Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday 



Courtroom Conduct

pdf Basic Rules of Court Conduct

  • Proper dress required
  • Shoes required
  • Children must behave
  • Absolutely NO cellular phones or pagers 
  • No hats, shorts, skorts, mini skirts, tanktops, tubetops or undershirts allowed in courtroom
  • No loud talking
  • No profanity

No pocketknives, sharp objects or weapons (including chemical/defense sprays) of any kind are allowed in the courthouse.