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Henry County State Court

Address: One Judicial Center, 44 John Frank Ward Blvd, McDonough, GA 30253
Tel: (770) 288-7800 / TTY: (770) 288-6818
E-Mail: Shelly Gardner - Clerk of State Court
Online Payment Begins September 1, 2019
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Effective July 1st, 2013, our filing fees have been changed. You may view them here.

It is the mission of the State Court of Henry County to do justice, as nearly as possible, to all persons coming before our Court and to the community at large.

Justice is both substantive and procedural; that is, justice encompasses both the judgment rendered in a matter coming before the Court, and the process used to reach that judgment.

All personnel of the Court are important to doing justice. Each officer and employee of the Court represents the Court - and, indeed, our entire court system - to the person using the Court's services. Many of these persons will never again have any contact with the justice system, so it is important that the impression they receive from our actions be a good one. Their future faith in our system of justice may well be determined by how they are treated here.

The members of the public using this Court are important. They are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. Those who are litigants in civil matters consider those matters to be important, and we should treat those matters as important. This does not mean that we always agree with those persons as to the level of importance to be accorded their case; sometimes they will expect us to act as if their case is the only one we are handling. Those persons are bound to be disappointed; yet and still, we will give those matters due consideration, courtesy and care.

Those members of the public who are defendants in traffic citations or criminal matters are important. They are innocent until proven guilty. Many of them are taxpayers who help pay our salaries. All of them are entitled to the rights guaranteed by the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions. We will afford them every courtesy we ourselves would expect if placed in their position.

The jurors who serve in our Court are important. Without them, our system of justice would not work. They are here involuntarily and at no small inconvenience. Some serve gladly, others begrudgingly. We will afford them the very highest level of service possible. Their time shall be respected, and their needs shall be met to the extent it is within our power to do so.

The attorneys who practice in our Court are important. Like us, they are professionals, and will treat them as such. They represent members of the public, and their role is critical to the proper operation of our Court.

The law enforcement officers who use our Court are important. Like us, they do a difficult and little appreciated job. They, also, are professionals.

We will strive to reduce the amount of wasted time and frustration experienced by everyone using our Court. We want persons using this Court to feel that they have been fairly heard and well treated. We want them to admire the smooth, professional operation of this Court.

From time to time we will encounter persons who will not appreciate our efforts to do justice, no matter how hard we try. In those cases, the worst thing we can do is allow those persons to interfere with our efforts to do justice, both to them and others. We will do our jobs and meet our goals of doing justice (including professional treatment of those difficult persons), overcoming obstruction and unpleasant behavior from others.

The personnel of this Court are important. The smooth and harmonious operation of this Court requires the cooperation and mutual respect of the Judge's office, the Clerk's office, the Solicitor's office, the Court Reporter, and the Sheriff's office. Each will work to facilitate the proper functioning of the others. We will work together to make this Court a pleasant place to work while at the same time meeting our goals. Conflicts will undoubtedly arise; they will be dealt with away from public view. No member of the public should ever see a person connected with this Court treating other members of the public with disrespect.

Permanent Process Servers

Persons who are certified to serve process in Georgia courts through the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) are eligible to be appointed as permanent process servers for Henry County State Court. To be appointed, each applicant must submit an application in approved form, attesting that the applicant meets all of the established requirements (see below). In addition, each applicant MUST submit a copy of their AOC certification and a recent (within thirty days of application) criminal history check for review. A self-addressed-stamped envelope must be included with applicant’s submission.

Filing Fees

Effective January 1, 2011, all applications for permanent process server for Henry County State Court must be accompanied with a $218.50 filing fee. Checks and/or money orders should be made payable to: State Court of Henry County. Applications submitted without the filing fee will be returned without processing.

Term of Appointment and Renewal

Process servers are appointed through the expiration of their AOC certification. Renewal requires a new application with all attachments and filing fees. Timely renewal is the responsibility of the applicant and no reminders will be sent.

Requirements for Appointment

  • Must submit a completed application for appointment or renewal with required filing fee
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and a United States citizen
  • Must be a certified process server through the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts and submit copy of current certification
  • Must submit a recent criminal background check [within thirty days of application]

Notification Process

Once the information is reviewed and a decision regarding appointment is made, a copy of the Order of Appointment or Order Denying Appointment will be mailed to the petitioner. Petitioner must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive a copy of the Order of Appointment.

Application Submittion

Applications and other requested information should be mailed to:

State Court Clerk's Office
Henry County State Court
One Judicial Center
McDonough, GA 30253

State Court Approved Process Servers

For a list of court-approved permanent process severs, contact the Clerk of the State Court of Henry County at 770-288-7800.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (770) 288-7356.


Contact Information

Judge Ben W. Studdard III
Phone: (770) 288-7357
Fax: (770) 288-7686
Cindi Owens
(770) 288-7357
Law Clerk: Tomisha Stanford
(770) 288-7360
Court Reporter: Nancy Seabolt
(770) 288-7361
Address: 1 Judicial Center
Suite 310
McDonough, Georgia 30253

Judge Pandora E. Palmer
Phone: (770) 288-7367
Fax: (770) 288-7688
Jennifer Starr
(770) 288-7367
Court Reporter: Kathy Powell
(770) 288-7372
Staff Attorney: Racquelle R. James 
(770) 288-7371
Address: 1 Judicial Center
Suite 340
McDonough, Georgia 30253

Judge Ernest D. Blount
Phone: (770) 288-7377
Fax: (678) 272-2049
Diane Rosser
(770) 288-7377
Court Reporter: Diane DuBois
(770) 288-7380
Law Clerk Sydny J. Jones
(770) 288-7379

1 Judicial Center
Suite 330
McDonough, Georgia 30253

Judge David B. Brown
Phone: (770) 288-8463
Fax: (770) 288-8469
Kristi L. Wallace
(770) 288-8463
Law Clerk: Rita B. Lewis
(770) 288-8465
Court Reporter: Kim Hopkins
(770) 288-8466

1 Judicial Center
Suite 320
McDonough, Georgia 30253

Clerk of the Court:
Michele "Shelly" B. Gardner
Phone: (770) 288-7800
Fax: (770) 288-7801

1 Judicial Center
Suite 120
McDonough, GA 30253

Pamela Bettis
Solicitor General | E-mail

Michelle Sewell
Chief Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Jeff Upchurch 
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Christopher Huslak
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Caitlin McGillicuddy 
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

LaShonda Harris
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Joe Stone
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Randall Coppolino
Chief Investigator | E-mail

Terry Davis
Investigator | E-mail

Mike Cash
Investigator | E-mail

Je’Leah Wiggins
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Adelle Petersen
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

ShaLanda Williams
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Dustin Trautz
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Brian Dunn
Investigator | E-mail

Todd Chitwood
Investigator | E-mail

Shannon Duffey
Victim Coordinator | E-mail

Julie Standard
Records Supervisor | E-mail

Michele Stephens 
Office Manager | E-mail

Kimberly Parrish
Victim Advocate| E-mail

Monica Rodriquez
Victim Advocate | E-mail

Joela Purys 
Victim Advocate | E-mail

Shelley Manning 
Administrative Assistant | E-mail

Sonya Baker 
Administrative Assistant| E-mail

Mary Ann Santos
Administrative Assistant | E-mail

Eboni Lemon
PTI Supervisor | E-mail

Kai-Lin Conner
Victim Advocate| E-mail

Hannah Diddle
Administrative Assistant | E-mail

Kelly Whitt
Administrative Assistant | E-mail

Traffic Fines

If you do not see your violation listed, please call 770-288-7800 for more information.