Henry County State Court
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
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.