Troup County Juvenile Courts
Troup County Juvenile Court
118 Ridley Avenue
LaGrange, Georgia 30240
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m
Judge R. Michael Key
Michelle Bowman – Court Administrator/Intake Officer
Shelia Matthews – Assistant Court Administrator/Intake Officer
Nicole Kostial – Chief Probation Officer/Community Resource Coordinator/Intake Officer
Latasha Session – Senior Probation Officer/Intake Officer
LaSwann Beasley – Probation Officer/Intake Officer
Tracy Lester – Dependency Coordinator
Gail Towns – Clerk of Court/Administrative Secretary
Martha Henderson – Part Time clerical staff
Conditioned for Success:
Maximizing the potential of each child in our community in terms of that individual child’s educational, social, artistic, athletic, and spiritual gifts.
Any child under the age of 17 who is a resident of Troup County and is alleged to have committed a delinquent or unruly act, and any child under 18 who is a resident of Troup County and alleged to be deprived falls under the jurisdiction of the Troup County Juvenile Court. There are certain offenses that Georgia law requires to be handled exclusively by Superior Court.
The Troup County Juvenile Court Judge hears all cases that come under its jurisdiction. This includes the arraignment, adjudication, and disposition hearings in matters of delinquency, unruliness, deprivation, and traffic. As well as detention hearings to determine whether or not a child must remain in a detention facility pending further court action. In addition to these types of cases the Juvenile Court Judge hears a variety of special proceedings cases to include termination of parental rights cases.
Filing a Complaint
The application procedure consists of the filing of a complaint and/or petition. There is no filing fee, but the court does assess a supervision fee in cases where juveniles are placed on probation or other forms of supervision. These fees may be used to purchase services such as counseling, psychological evaluations, psychosexual evaluations, and other therapeutic services.
School Based Risk Reduction Program (SBRRP)
In an effort to provide community intervention early on for children who are at high risk of becoming delinquent, unruly, or deprived, Troup County Juvenile Court developed and implemented the Community Based Risk Reduction Program. Our purpose is to bring community resources together to support children who are struggling in school. Elementary school principals and counselors refer children to the juvenile court for CBRRP review and planning. Appropriate referrals are elementary school students in the Troup County School System who have significant attendance, academic, or behavioral problems.
Citizen Review Panel
Troup County Juvenile Court has volunteers who serve on Citizen’s Review Panels. These citizens are required to have a legal background check and an initial 15 hours training and 5 additional hours each year. The panel reviews cases where legal custody of children is granted to the Department of Family and Children Services. Recommendations are made to the Judge in the best interest of the children.