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Superior Court

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Superior Court

Mission
The Superior Court is Georgia's only general jurisdiction trial court with exclusive, constitutional authority over felony cases, divorce, equity, and cases regarding title to land. In addition, the Superior Court may try any form of civil or criminal case except probate matters. The Superior Court also corrects errors made by lower courts, but decisions by some lower courts and governmental bodies also can be appealed to Superior Court.

County Involvement
The Superior Court of the Augusta Judicial Circuit is comprised of Burke, Columbia, and Richmond Counties.

Primary Responsibilities
The Augusta Judicial Circuit Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), under the direction of the Court Administrator, oversees a number of projects, programs, and services. It is designed to ensure the delivery of justice through effective and efficient management of the complex infrastructure and processes in the courts. The AOC was created in 2009 to provide support to the Superior Court for its planning and business functions. The Administrator reports to the Chief Judge and individual judges and attends management meetings to develop policy and direction of the court. Additionally, the AOC provides services for financial planning and control, human resources management, court community communication, case-flow management, systems and physical facilities development, and other essential components that contribute to the cost effective operation of the court. The Administrator also guides the work flow of administrative staff, case managers, court reporters, and the directors of specialized programs.

Judicial Circuit Duty Judge Schedule
2020 Domestic Duty Judge Schedule
2020 Non-Jury Civil Criminal Duty Judge Schedule


Augusta Circuit Drug Court Program
This program is a sentencing alternative for persons charged with felony drug or drug related charges. The program offers participants intensive out-patient treatment in order to help reduce the recidivism rate among the substance abusing population.

Rhoda Kimble-Wheeler, Program Coordinator
AJC Drug Court

735 James Brown Blvd.
Suite 2200
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: (706) 823-4424

Alternative Dispute Resolution Program
This program was created to offer litigants alternative ways to resolve their disputes other than going to trial. Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party facilities settlement discussions between parties in conflict.

Divorcing Parents Seminar
This is an educational session required of all domestic actions involving a child or children under 18 years of age when the parties are involved in a divorce, separate maintenance, paternity, change of custody, visitation, legitimization, and any other domestic action, excluding contempt and, generally, domestic violence. The program must be completed prior to the court ruling on the case.

Chief Judge Carl C. Brown, Jr.

735 James Brown Blvd., Suite 4203
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Phone: 706-821-2347
Fax: 706-721-4476

Secretary: Kelly Campbell

Appointed on December 5, 1994 by Governor Zell Miller. Attended Mercer University and the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University. Previously served as Judge of the Municipal Court of Augusta.

Judge James G. Blanchard, Jr.

640 Ronald Reagan Drive, Suite 1039
P. O. Box 2656
Evans, Georgia 30809
Phone: 706-312-7356
FAX: 706-312-7365

Secretary: Laura Moore

Appointed on January 1, 2002 by Governor Roy Barnes. Attended Georgia Southern University and the Cumberland School of Law. Previously served as Judge of the Juvenile Court of Columbia County, on the Columbia County Commission, and as the attorney for the Columbia County Board of Education and the City of Grovetown.

Judge Michael N. Annis

640 Ronald Reagan Drive, Suite 1039
P. O. Box 2657
Evan, Georgia 30809
Phone: 706-312-7355
FAX: 706-312-7365

Secretary: Christine Beck

Appointed on September 18, 2003 by Governor Sonny Perdue. Attended Walter F. Georgia School of Law, Mercer University and University of Florida Levin College of Law. Previously served as the Chairman, Columbia County Board of Education.

Judge Sheryl B. Jolly

735 James Brown Blvd., Suite 4204
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Phone: 706-821-2837
Fax: 706-721-1089

Secretary: Jo Lynn Magill

Elected for an initial term beginning January 1, 2005. She attended Georgia College and Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University. She has also served as the Solicitor General, Richmond County: Chief Assistant Solicitor General, Richmond County: Assistant Solicitor General, Richmond County; and Assistant DA, Augusta-Richmond County

Judge Daniel J. Craig

735 James Brown Blvd., Suite 4206
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Phone: 706-821-2365
Fax: 706-721-1091

Secretary: Teresa Thompson

Appointed February 18, 2008 by Governor Sonny Perdue. Attended Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University. Also served as District Attorney for the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Judge J. Wade Padgett

735 James Brown Blvd., Suite 4206
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Phone: 706-821-2835
Fax: 706-721-1091

Secretary: Lindsay Dukes

Appointed February 4, 2009 by Governor Sonny Perdue. Attended Georgia State University College of Law. Previously served as Chief Magistrate of Columbia County.

Judge John Flythe

735 James Brown Blvd., Suite 4203
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Phone: 706-821-2444
Fax: 706-721-4476

Secretary: Kristy Madden

Elected for an initial term beginning January 1, 2017. He attended the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law.

Judge Ashley Wright

735 James Brown Blvd., Suite 4204
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Phone: 706-821-2359
Fax: 706-721-1089

Secretary: Lisa M. Holland

Appointed January 30, 2017 by Governor Nathan Deal. Attended Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University. Also served as District Attorney for the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Administrative Personnel

Court Administrator - Augusta Judicial Circuit

735 James Brown Blvd., Suite 2200
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Phone: 706-849-3738
Fax: 706-849-3739

Administrative Secretary:
Sabrina Parkman
Phone: 706-849-3738

Administrative Assistant:
Mary Smith
Phone: 706-821-2363

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Debbie Goode, Director
735 James Brown Blvd., Suite 2200
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Phone: 706-821-2357
Fax: 706-849-3739

Transcript Coordinator

Bonnie Johnston
735 James Brown Blvd., Suite 2200
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Phone: 706-261-0043
Fax: 706-849-3739

For a full list of the Augusta Judicial Circuit Staff, please see the AOC Staff Directory