Courts

State Court

State Court is a trial court of limited jurisdiction with jurisdiction over all misdemeanor violations, including traffic offenses and all civil actions, regardless of amount claimed, unless the superior court has exclusive jurisdiction. State Court is also authorized to hold hearings for, and issuance of, search and arrest warrants; and for preliminary hearings. Constitutional authority to review lower court decisions as provided by statute. The Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit has two State Court judges.


State Court Judges
Chief Judge T. Russell McClelland

T. Russell McClelland

Chief Judge, State Court
Judge Leslie C. Abernathy-Maddox

Leslie C. Abernathy-Maddox

Judge, State Court