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
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
- Clerk of Courts - 3rd Floor
8:00 a.m. to
Monday through Friday
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.