You will find contact information on the following courts in Long County on this page, as well as information to contact the District Attorney's Office and Public Defenders Office.
Current Presiding Probate Judge:
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Long County County Probate Courts exercise exclusive, original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, administration of estates, the appointment of guardians and involuntary hospitalization of incapacitated adults and other individuals for Long County.
Long County Magistrate Court
Current Presiding Chief Magistrate Judge:
P.O. Box 426 / 447 S. McDonald St.
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Long County Magistrate Court jurisdiction includes civil claims of $15,000 or less; certain minor criminal offenses; distress warrants and dispossessory writs; county ordinance violations; deposit account fraud (bad checks); preliminary hearings; and summonses, arrest and search warrants. A Chief Magistrate, who may be assisted by one or more magistrates, presides over each of Georgia’s 159 magistrate courts. Magistrates may grant bail in cases where the setting of bail is not exclusively reserved to a judge of another court. No jury trials are held in magistrate court. If a defendant submits a written request for a jury trial, cases may be removed to superior or state court.
Long County State Court
Current Presiding State Court Judge:
Honorable Jeffery L. Arnold
Current State Court Solicitor General:
Billy Joe Nelson
State Court is held every Month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 9:00 A.M., unless other wise notified. Notification is sent by the Clerks Office on court appearance dates. It is your responsibility to contact the Clerk of State Court about your court date.
Go to www.longcountytickets.com to pay online!
The State Court was established by a 1970 legislative act that designated certain existing countywide courts of limited jurisdiction as state courts. State courts may exercise jurisdiction over all misdemeanor violations, including traffic cases, and all civil actions, regardless of the amount claimed, unless the superior court has exclusive jurisdiction.
State Courts are authorized to hold hearings on applications for an issuance of search and arrest warrants and to hold preliminary hearings. The Georgia Constitution grants state courts authority to review lower court decisions as provided by statute.
Long County Juvenile Court
Current Presiding Juvenile Court Judge:
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Judge Linnie L. Darden, III
Post Office Box 105
Hinesville, Georgia 31313
tel: (912) 876-0111
Office: 206 East Court Street (Hinesville)
Long County Superior Court
Current Presiding Superior Court Judges:
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The Superior Court Long County is a general jurisdiction trial court. It has exclusive, constitutional authority over felony cases, divorce, equity and cases regarding title to land, and also exclusive jurisdiction over such matters as declaratory judgments, habeas corpus, mandamus, quo warranties, and prohibition. The Superior Court corrects errors made by lower courts by issuing writs of certiorari; for some lower courts, the right to direct review by the Superior Court applies.
The Superior Court Judges of Long County also serve the superior courts of five other counties of Liberty, Bryan, Evans, Tattnall, and McIntosh in the Atlantic Judicial Circuit.
Judge Contact information listed below:
Judge Robert L. Russell III
Post Office Box 581
Darien, Georgia 31305
tel: (912) 437-3033
Office: McIntosh County Courthouse
Judge D. Jay Stewart
Judge Charles Paul Rose
*Senior superior court judges have retired but who, by law, may serve in the same official capacity as other superior court judges.
Atlantic District Attorney's Office
Current District Attorney:
945 E.G. MILES PARKWAY
The District Attorney is the chief prosecuting officer for the State of Georgia within each of the State's 49 judicial circuits, which consist of one to eight counties.
Public Defender's Office
P.O. Box 948
Georgia Law requires every person who applies for legal defense services under Chapter 12 of Tile 17 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated to pay the Public Defender Office a single fee of $50.00 for the application.