Gwinnett County Divorce and Family Law Court Information | Superior Court Judges and Staff | Probate Court

The Gwinnett County Superior Court Judges preside over divorce and family law matters at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center located at 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia, 30046. There are nine Superior judges to whom a family law matter might be assigned and two Senior Judges who hear emergency family law matters. Families residing in Lawrenceville, Auburn, Berkeley Lake, Braselton, Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Snellville, Sugar Hill and Suwannee would file their divorce or other family law matter in this court to be heard by one of the following Judges.

The Honorable Melodie Snell Conner, Chief Judge
The Honorable Debra K. Turner
The Honorable R. Timothy Hamil
The Honorable Ronnie K. Batchelor
The Honorable Tom Davis
The Honorable Warren Davis
The Honorable Karen E. Beyers
The Honorable Kathryn M. Schrader
The Honorable George F. Hutchinson III

All family law court documents must be filed with the Clerk of Superior Court before being reviewed by one of the Judges above.

Richard T. Alexander, Jr., Clerk of Superior Court

In addition, family law matters regarding the resolution of an estate in the wake of one's passing would be resolved in Gwinnett County Probate Court.

Christopher A. Ballar, Judge of Probate Court

SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES AND STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION

The Honorable Melodie Snell Conner, Chief Judge

75 Langley Dr.Judge Conner
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Judicial Assistant: Marcy West (770) 822-8658
Calendar Coordinator: Tasha Ford (770) 822-8657
Law Clerk: Traci Zierk (770) 822-8659
Fax: (770) 822-8662

  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D.


A Snellville native, Judge Conner became Gwinnett County's first female Superior Court judge in 2012. An avid reader, she also enjoys dance. She and her husband have three children


The Honorable Debra K. Turner Debra K Turner
75 Langley Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Judicial Assistant: Lisa Alt (770) 822-8622
Calendar Coordinator: Beth Adkins (770) 822-8645
Law Clerk: Melanie Williams-Pazol (770) 822-8621
Fax: (770) 822-8645

  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D.

The Honorable R. Timothy HamilJudge Hamil
75 Langley Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Law Assistant: Jane Miskell (770) 822-8671
Calendar Coordinator: Dee Dee Wright (770) 822-8673
Judicial Assistant: Janice Clay (770) 822-8672
Fax: (770) 822-8536

  • The University of Georgia, undergraduate
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D.

Judge Hamil has presided over the Superior Court of Gwinnett County since 2002. From 1999-2002, he was Judge of Gwinnett County State Court.


The Honorable Ronnie K. BatchelorRonnie K Batchelor
75 Langley Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Judicial Assistant: Rena Clark (770) 822-8651
Calendar Coordinator: Ann Parham (770) 822-8652
Law Assistant: Jean Scott Martin (770) 822-8653
Fax: (770) 822-8641


The Honorable Tom DavisJudge Davis
75 Langley Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Judicial Assistant: Debbie Lee (770) 822-8585
Calendar Coordinator: Pat Wyatt (770) 822-8646
Staff Attorney: (770) 822-8648
Fax: (770) 822-8584

  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D.

Originally appointed to the bench, Judge Davis was elected in 2006. A retired Navy Captain, he served in the JAG Corps while on duty. Judge Davis has 17 years of experience as Assistant District Attorney and later Deputy Chief ADA in Gwinnett County. He is married with adult children.


The Honorable Warren DavisJudge W Davis
75 Langley Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Judicial Assistant: Bahar M. Graveran (770) 822-8043
Calendar Coordinator: Angela D. Woodruff (770) 822-8044
Staff Attorney: Karen Bain (770) 822-8045
Fax: (770) 822-8535

Judge Davis began his career in the early 1970s as a Gwinnett County police officer and detective. Since his admittance to the Bar in 1979, he has served as a Magistrate for Gwinnett County and was named Chief Magistrate in 1987. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 2008. Judge Davis holds a Master of Judicial Studies from the National Judicial College/University of Nevada.


The Honorable Karen E. BeyersKaren E Beyers
75 Langley Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA
Judicial Assistant: Jenise Rivera (770) 822-8064
Calendar Coordinator: LaRae Flowers (770) 822-8605
Law Clerk: Kimberly A. Gallant (770) 822-8603
Fax: (770) 822-8641

  • Boston University, B.S. 1986
  • Georgia State University, M.B.A. 1990
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. 1992

In addition to her duties as a Superior Court judge, Karen Beyers also presides over Gwinnett County's Mental Health Court. Created in 2013, the Mental Health Court seeks to assist repeat offenders who have a diagnosed mental illness in getting treatment and in getting out of the criminal justice system. Judge Beyers is a 5th generation attorney who established her private practice upon law school graduation.


The Honorable Kathryn M. SchraderJudge Schrader
75 Langley Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Judicial Assistant: Barbara Obermeyer (770) 822-8617
Calendar Coordinator: Denise Fuller (770) 822-8618
Staff Attorney: Mary D. Trammell (770) 822-8616
Fax: (770) 822-8642

  • The University of Georgia
  • Mercer University, J.D.

Prior to her election to the Superior Court, Judge Schrader was in private practice for 25 years. A founding partner of Resolution Matters, she is a state-certifiied mediator and arbitrator who believes it is preferable adjudicate disputes outside the courtroom. Judge Schrader is also the founder and director of Marriage Matters, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of families. She and her husband are the parents of three children.


The Honorable George F. Hutchinson IIIJudge Hutchinson
75 Langley Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Judicial Assistant: Sheryl Born (770) 822-8613
Calendar Coordinator: Stephanie Burdette (770) 822-8612
Law Assistant: Jenny Fitzpatrick (770) 822-8611
Fax: (770) 822-8637

Judge Hutchinson previously served as the Senior Assistant District Attorney for Gwinnett County and as ADA for the Coweta Judicial Circuit. From 2004-2007 he was a full-time Magistrate judge in Gwinnett County and was appointed Chief Magistrate for Gwinnett in 2007. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 2012. Judge Hutchinson is married with two children.


Judge BallarThe Honorable Christopher A. Ballar, Judge of Probate Court
75 Langley Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Judicial Assistant: Jenny Mitchell
Law Clerk: Hillary Cranford
Calendar Coordinator: Brenda Sellers
(770) 822-8350 Fax: (770) 822-8217

  • Oglethorpe University, B.A.
  • Walter F. George School of Law (Mercer University), J.D.

Judge Ballar was born in Decatur and raised in Gwinnett County. He was partner in the Gwinnett law firm of Tingle and Ballard before opening his own practice in 2007 and has focused on Estate, Probate, and Elder Care law for his entire career. Judge Ballar was elected to the Gwinnett County Probate Court in 2012. He is married with two children.


Judge Randolph G. Rich

Division 475 Langley DriveLawrenceville, GA 30046
Staff Attorney: Jennifer Clark (770)822-8512Judicial Assistant: Sharon Schultz (770)822-8509Calendar Coordinator: Donna Whitehead (770)822-8520Court Reporter: Sheila Leicht (770)822-8520Court Reporter: Crystal Queen (770)822-8522

Prior to being appointed to the Gwinnett County Circuit Court in 2014, Rich served as a Gwinnett County State Court Judge. Prior to that he was in private practice.

Richard T. Alexander, Jr.
Richard T Alexander

Gwinnett County Clerk of Court 
75 Langley Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Mr. Alexander served in the United States Air Force and as a police officer for both the city of Conyers, GA and in Gwinnett County before being graduated in 1985 with his J.D. from the Atlanta Law School. In 2010 he became Chief Deputy Clerk of Court after having practiced law for 25 years. From 2001-2010, Mr. Alexander was a Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge and has served as Clerk of Court since 2011.

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