Clayton County Divorce and Family Law Resources

The Superior Court of the Clayton Judicial Circuit is a trial court of general jurisdiction which has exclusive constitutional authority over cases involving title to land; divorce; equity; declaratory judgment; habeas corpus; mandamus; quo warranto and prohibition; adoptions; and felony cases prosecuted by the District Attorney's office. The Superior Court of Clayton County is located at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, 9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA 30236.

The Honorable Deborah C. Benefield, Chief Judge Deborah Benefield
Harold R. Banke Justice Center
9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: (770) 477-3436 Fax: (770) 477-3465
Administrative Assistant - Glenda Hasty
Judicial Law Clerk - Jada West
Calendar Clerk - Nu Sikhamchai

  • The University of Georgia School of Law

Judge Benefield was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1983.


 

The Honorable Matthew O. Simmons Matthew Simmons
Harold R. Banke Justice Center
9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Office (770) 477-3484 Fax (770) 477-3487
Administrative Assistant - Lesa Cunningham
Judicial Law Clerk - Anne-Marie Wilson  
Phone: (770) 477-3338
Calendar Clerk - Tiffany Moen Phone: (678) 479-6381

  • The University of Georgia, B.A., 1976
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • Emory University, M.A., 1983

Prior to serving on the bench of the Clayton County Superior Court, Judge Simmons was an attorney in private practice.  From 1983-1986 he served on the Forest Park City Council and from 1987-1991 he was mayor of Forest Park.

A lifelong Clayton County resident, Judge Simmons grew up in Forest Park.  He first took the bench of the Superior Court in 1993 and has subsequently been re-elected. His current term expires in 2016.


The Honorable Geronda V. Carter Geronda Carter
Harold R. Banke Justice Center 
9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Office (770) 477-3432 Fax (770) 473-5827
Administrative Assistant - Annette Larkins
Judicial Law Clerk - Kimberly Ponder
Calendar Clerk - Connie Goodrum

  • Spelman College
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D.

Originally from Moss Point, MS, Judge Carter moved to the Atlanta area to attend college.  Prior to serving on the bench of the Clayton County Superior Court, she practiced law with the firm of Oliver & Winkle, P.C.  She has been Special U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Assistant Regional Attorney for the Social Security Administration, and has worked in the Federal courts of several states.

Judge Carter has taught at the John Marshall School of Law and was an Adjunct Professor at Clayton State for nearly a decade.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Arts Clayton, Inc., and Clayton Youth Leadership.

In her free time, she enjoys tennis and creative writing and has had several works of poetry published.  She and her family attend Woods Memorial Baptist Church.


The Honorable Albert B. Collier Albert Collier
Harold R. Banke Justice Center
9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Office (770) 477-3495 Fax (770) 473-5992
Administrative Assistant - LuAnn West
Judicial Law Clerk: JoAnna L. Hair Phone: (770) 477-3341
Calendar Clerk - Crystal Crenshaw Phone: (678) 479-5199

  • Valdosta State University, B.S.
  • Woodrow Wilson School of Law, J.D.

Judge Collier was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1982.


The Honorable Pam Ferguson
Clayton County Judge of Probate Court
121 S. McDonough St.
Annex Building 3
Jonesboro, GA  30236
Judicial Assistant: Danielle Smith (770) 472-8124

  • Clayton State & College
  • The University of Georgia, B.A., 1986
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1989

Before her election to the Probate Court in 2003, Judge Ferguson practiced law in Jonesboro for 14 years.  She is a certified Mediator and Arbitrator.

Judge Ferguson is a lifelong Clayton County resident.  She and her husband are the parents of three children.


The Honorable Jacquline D. Wills
Clerk of Superior Court
Jacquline Wills
Harold R. Banke Justice Center
Room, 2TC08
9151 Tara Boulevard,
Jonesboro, Georgia 30236-4914
Telephone (770) 477-3443

Ms. Wills was sworn in as Clerk of Superior Court upon the early retirement of her predecessor, Linda Miller, in 2010.  She fulfilled Miller's remaining two years in office and was subsequently elected to serve another term.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Wills had 15 years of experience in the Clerk's office.

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