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STATE COURT IS OPEN - In person court proceedings will be rescheduled or postponed for the weeks of January 4, 2022 and January 10, 2022. Reset notices will go out in the mail this week. Look for the rescheduled/postponed paperwork in the mail in the next couple of week. For more information or if you have further questions, please contact the State Court Clerk's office at  770-288-7800 or check the STAFF tab below for specific extensions. 
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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: Lynne M. Policaro - Clerk of State Court
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Effective January 15, 2021 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 $58.00 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

Chief Judge David B. Brown
Phone: (770) 288-7800
Fax: (770) 288-8469
Kristi L. Wallace
(770) 288-8463
Staff Attorney: Robert A. Hawk
(770) 288-8465
Court Reporter: Kim Hopkins
(770) 288-8466

1 Judicial Center
Suite 320
McDonough, Georgia 30253

Judge Chaundra D. Lewis
Phone: (770) 288-7357
Fax: (770) 288-7686
Temnit Kidane-Bailey
(770) 288-7357
Law Clerk: Cory Gagnon
(770) 288-7360
Court Reporter: Lisa Grizzell
(770) 288-7361
Address: 1 Judicial Center
Suite 310
McDonough, Georgia 30253

Judge Vincent A. “Vinny” Lotti
Phone: (770) 288-7377
Fax: (678) 272-2049
Jennifer Starr
(770) 288-7377
Court Reporter: Diane DuBois
(770) 288-7380
Staff Attorney: Sydny J. Jones
(770) 288-7379

1 Judicial Center
Suite 330
McDonough, Georgia 30253

Judge Ralph Bailey Jr.
Phone: (770) 288-7367
Fax: (770) 288-7688
Melina Coello
(770) 288-7367
Court Reporter: Kathy Powell
(770) 288-7372
Law Clerk: Ariana Benton
(770) 288-7371

1 Judicial Center
Suite 330
McDonough, Georgia 30253

Clerk of the Court: Lynne M. Policaro
Phone: (770) 288-7800
Fax: (770) 288-7801

1 Judicial Center
Suite 120
McDonough, GA 30253

Traffic Fines

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


Henry County State Court is now conducting most court proceedings via Zoom. All court events except for jury trials and some probation hearings may be attended either live or online.  

All jury trial participants must attend in person. Some probationers may be directed to attend court in person. We encourage all other persons to attend via Zoom. To attend online as a participant, you should receive an invitation in the mail, or you may call the clerk at 770.288.7800 or the Solicitor (Prosecutor) at 770.288.7178. If you are a party, attorney, or witness attending online, you must follow the instructions to log in per the invitation or appear in person in the courtroom.  

The clerk’s office is open during regular business hours.  

Most traffic tickets can be paid any time at wwww.henrytix.com or by phone at 470.288.1755. 

For everyone’s health and safety, all persons must submit to a covid-19 health screening before entering the judicial center; must wear a mask covering mouth and nose at all times; and must observe social distancing as directed by court or sheriff’s staff. 

If you are sick or have been exposed to someone with covid-19, do not enter the building. Attend court online. Call the clerk at 770.288.7800 or the solicitor at 770.288.7178 for more information.


Henry County State Court’s Standing Order for Court Procedures During Pandemic can be found here. All persons entering the Judicial Center or in its Public Areas must wear a mask and observe the safety guidelines in the attached order.


The leadership of the State Court of Henry County have convened, inspected and considered the available facilities and infrastructure, consulted with medical and/or public health officials and consistent with the Order of the Chief Justice and the Guidelines promulgated by the Judicial Covid-19 Task Force, have endeavored to develop a plan for resuming jury trials which ensures the health, safety and constitutional protections of all participants in the judicial system, including jurors and potential jurors, litigants, witnesses, lawyers, judges, court personnel and the public. 


We have developed this plan in close communication with the Department of Public Health and they remain ready and willing to assist in managing any situation that arises.

Submitted, this 1st day of June, 2021


We welcome and encourage your attendance at court hearings by teleconference rather than appearing in person. When attending by teleconference, keep in mind that the same rules of conduct apply. In other words, you’re actually attending court, and it’s important that your actions and appearance not obstruct or disrupt the proceedings, so that the Court can conduct its business and give everyone (including you) a fair hearing. To that end, it is important that all participants follow these common-sense instructions:

  • Dress as if in court
  • Sit at up-right chair at a table or desk
  • No food or drinks allowed during session
  • Be in a room or locationwhere no one else can audibly or visually disrupt the proceedings
  • Must participate via audio AND video
  • Must be in well-lit room or area and must always show face on screen and cannot leavethe screen to runerrands
  • No hats or headcovers (unless for religious purposes)
  • Make sure device is fully charged so no interruption in participation
  • No texting,talking to third parties, net surfing, emailing,or doing anythingelse during sessionthat would be a distraction
  • No lying down, lounging, drivingor leaving the video screen
  • No smoking or vaping
  • No use of profanity

State Court now is under the Mandatory e-filing Standing Order dated Jan 10, 2019

Download Standing Order Mandating and Governing Electronic Filing in Civil Cases



The use of recording devices & cell phones in courtrooms is restricted by U.S.C.R. 22 & O.C.G.A 15-1-10(1).  Copy of rule, procedure and the form to use device and request to record are available on court’s website and Clerk’s office.  Violators are subject to contempt of court penalties. Download Rule 22