Court Information

Newton County Juvenile Court

Public Notice for Statewide Declaration of Public Health and Judicial Emergencies


O.C.G.A. §15-11-700 provides that the general public shall be admitted to certain juvenile court proceedings.  During the current state of Judicial Emergency, the Newton County Juvenile Court is holding all essential hearings by video conference. If a member of the public is interested in viewing the proceedings of a statutorily open hearing, please contact the Newton County Juvenile Court Clerk, Janell Gaines, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone at (770) 784-2060, to be provided with the date and time of, and remote access to, the hearing. If, for any reason, a member of the public should object to viewing the proceedings by video conference, the Court will entertain such objection in writing stating the reasons for the objection filed with the Clerk. The judge will consider the motion and the reasons contained therein and sustain, overrule, or enter an order specific to the reasons provided in the motion.

Public Notice - Updated Guidelines For In Person Court Hearing Proceedings


Newton County Judicial Center
1132 Usher Street, Room 119
Covington, Georgia 30014


Direct Line: 770-784-2060
Fax: 770-784-2065

Hours of Operation:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Mission, Vision, and Values Statement

"To protect and enrich the community by redirecting youthful offenders and to ensure the safety and well-being of children, by strengthening families whenever possible."

"To help families and communities function in the best interests of children."

"To conduct court operations with integrity, treating children and families fairly and with compassion."

Types of Court Cases Handled by Juvenile Court

  • Delinquent/Unruly/Traffic
  • Any crime committed by a child under 17 years of age or any status offense committed by a child under 18 years of age.
  • Deprivation
  • Allegation that a child under 18 years of age is without proper parental care or control, subsistence, education as required by law, or other care or control necessary for the child's physical, mental, or emotional health or morals.
  • Contested Divorce Cases
  • Involving child custody.

Courtroom Conduct

pdf Basic Rules of Court Conduct

  • Proper dress required
  • Shoes required
  • Children must behave
  • Absolutely NO cellular phones or pagers
  • No hats, shorts, skorts, miniskirts, tank tops, tube tops, or undershirts allowed in courtroom
  • No loud talking
  • No profanity

No pocketknives, sharp objects, or weapons (including chemical/defense sprays) of any kind are allowed in the courthouse.


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Directions to Juvenile Court

The Judicial Center is located at 1132 Usher Street; it is one block behind the historic Courthouse.

From I-20 East, take Exit 90 (Covington/Oxford).  At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Highway 278.  Follow Highway 278 to Emory Street (Highway 81), and turn right onto Emory Street.  Cross over the railroad tracks, and turn left onto Usher Street.  Turn left into the courthouse parking lot just past the Covington News parking lot.