Troup County Juvenile Court

Troup County Juvenile Court
118 Ridley Avenue
LaGrange, Georgia 30240

Phone: 706-883-1735
Fax: 706-883-1738
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

court Judge R. Michael Key
Juvenile Court Judge

Judge R. Michael Key practiced law in Troup County, Georgia from January, 1979, until December, 2016, while also serving as the Part-time Juvenile Court Judge in Troup County from March, 1979, until becoming the Full-Time Juvenile Court Judge in December, 2016. Judge Key has served as Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore presiding over the Adult Felony Drug Court since October, 2016. Judge Key received a Bachelor of Science in General Business from Troy State University in 1973, a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University in 1975, and a Doctor of Law from Emory University in 1978 (class of 1979).

Michelle Bowman – Court Administrator/Intake Officer

Shelia Matthews – Assistant Court Administrator/IntakeOfficer

Nicole Kostial – Chief Probation Officer/IntakeOfficer

Latasha Session – Senior Probation Officer/Intake Officer

Tabitha Atcherson – Probation Officer/Intake Officer

Tracy Lester – Dependency Coordinator

Gail Towns – Clerk of Court/Administrative Secretary

Martha Henderson – Part Time Clerical Staff

Brenda Jones – Community Resource Coordinator/Judicial Assistant



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.


The Troup County Juvenile Court is an independent juvenile court organized under Chapter 11 of Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia. The court is dedicated to serving residents of Troup County by hearing cases that involve any child under the age of 17 alleged to have committed a delinquent or unruly act and any child under the age of 18 alleged to be deprived. 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.

If after adjudication, a child is found to be in need of treatment, rehabilitation, or supervision to safely remain in the community, the court will provide access to appropriate programs whenever feasible.

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 (SBBRP)

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 School Based Risk Reduction Program (SBRRP). 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 SBRRP review and planning. Appropriate referrals are elementary school students in the Troup County School System who have significant attendance, academic, or behavioral problems. After school personnel have exhausted all reasonable efforts to make improvements by working with the child and parent without success, the school has the parent sign a release of information and the SBRRP referral is made.

The SBRRP administrator schedules all cases referred for the monthly meeting and contacts all involved parties including the parents, to notify them of the meeting. The panel members are representatives from Juvenile Court, Department of Family and Children Services, Mental Health, Twin Cedars, and Troup County School System. At the monthly meeting we discuss each case individually and create a written plan with the input of the referral source, parent and panel members. The plans are designed to address the needs of the child. All responsible parties sign this plan. If progress is not made under the plan, the referral source brings the case back to SBRRP. At this point the plan may be revised or the committee may make other recommendations, such as filing an educational deprivation petition through the Juvenile Court.

Troup County Trauma Responsive Community Project

Vision: For a community whose members work together to minimize trauma and the effects of trauma experienced by its children, adults, and families.

Mission: Troup County agencies, citizens and community stakeholders will work together to detect, respond to and prevent trauma exposures of its children, adults and families, and to minimize and mitigate the impact of such experiences by meeting the needs of those affected by trauma in timely, appropriate and effective ways.

Definition of Trauma: For the purpose of the Troup County Trauma Project, trauma is defined as, “Witnessing or experiencing an event or series of events that pose a real or perceived threat to the life or well-being of a person.”

For more information visit Troup Trauma Project on Facebook.

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