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State Court

Long County State Court

Current Presiding State Court Judge:

Honorable Jeffery L. Arnold
P.O. Box 458
Ludowici, Georgia 31316
tel: (912) 545-2123
fax: (912) 545-2020

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.

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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.

The General Assembly creates state courts by local legislation. The legislation also establishes the number of judges and whether the judges are to be full or part-time. Part-time judges may practice law, except in their own courts.

State Court judges are elected to four-year terms in nonpartisan, countywide elections. Candidates must be at least 25 years old, have been admitted to practice law for at least seven years, and have lived in the state for at least three years.