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On Thursday, December 3, Newton County held its 2020 Service Awards Ceremony at the Turner Lake Banquet Hall. This ceremony was to congratulate those that have served as county employees for at least 5 years and then in 5 year increments after that. Three employees with the District Attorney's Office were honored. Chief Investigator Jill Lumpkin (far left in picture), Legal Assistant Anita Carroll (far right in picture), and Victim Advocate Shay Payne (not pictured) were honored for their 15 years of service to Newton County. Legal Assistant Cami Odum (middle in picture) was honored for her 10 years of service to Newton County. Please join me in congratulating these three wonderful ladies and their dedication to the people of Newton County. - Randy McGinley


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From Randy McGinley: Criminal Court schedule for the week of September 28:

Superior Court:

- Monday, September 28, Walton County criminal court with Judge Zon presiding.

- Tuesday, September 29: Newton County criminal court with Judge Ott presiding.

- Wednesday, September 30: Walton County criminal court with Judge Ott presiding.

- Thursday, October 1: Newton County criminal court with Judge Zon presiding.


Magistrate Court: - Wednesday, September 20: Newton County preliminary hearings with Judge Bell presiding.

- Thursday, October 1: Walton County preliminary hearings with Judge Burke presiding.


- For the Superior Court calendars: in custody defendant matters will be handled via video conference with the jail in the morning. - Defense attorneys: Please contact the ADA assigned to your case by noon the day before court to let them know if you will be attending court remotely. Our ADAs will provide you the login credentials for the video conference link.

- For Magistrate Court calendars: in custody defendant matters may be handle via video conference or in person, please contact the assigned ADA or the Court for more information.

Both courthouses require masks and a health screening to enter. The IT departments may be streaming court into additional courtrooms so that the public may observe court while maintaining appropriate social distancing. If there are any questions, please contact the Court or the District Attorney's Office.

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From Randy McGinley: Criminal Court schedule for the week of September 21:

Superior Court:

- Monday, September 21, Walton County criminal court with Judge Ott presiding.

- Tuesday, September 22: Newton County criminal court with Judge Benton presiding.

- Tuesday, September 22: Walton County criminal court with Judge Wynne presiding.

- Wednesday, September 23: Newton County criminal court with Judge Wynne presiding.

- Wednesday, September 23: Walton County criminal court with Judge Benton presiding.

- Thursday, September 24: Newton County criminal court with Judge Ott presiding.


Magistrate Court: - Wednesday, September 23: Newton County preliminary hearings with Judge Bell presiding.

No Walton County Preliminary Hearings held this week.


- For the Superior Court calendars: in custody defendant matters will be handled via video conference with the jail in the morning. - Defense attorneys: Please contact the ADA assigned to your case by noon the day before court to let them know if you will be attending court remotely. Our ADAs will provide you the login credentials for the video conference link.

- For Magistrate Court calendars: in custody defendant matters will be handled in person in the magistrate court courtroom.

Both courthouses require masks and a health screening to enter. The IT departments may be streaming court into additional courtrooms so that the public may observe court while maintaining appropriate social distancing. If there are any questions, please contact the Court or the District Attorney's Office.

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