Worth County Courts

Not many individuals in Georgia anticipate ever requiring the services of a Worth County personal injury lawyer. Residents are engrossed in their daily lives, while visitors are enchanted by the local attractions. But what transpires when this tranquility is shattered, and someone sustains an injury?

The individual or entity responsible for the injuries must be held accountable for their repercussions, whether they are economic or otherwise. Yet, securing just compensation is far from straightforward. It necessitates a deep understanding of Georgia’s legal framework and courtroom procedures, as well as the management of extensive documentation.

Prioritizing the contact of a Worth County personal injury lawyer is essential for those who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of another party. If you’ve experienced a personal injury, reach out to the office of Joe Durham Jr., P.C. today at 229-210-6226. The timeliness of your action is pivotal in determining your ability to file a claim.

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Representing Clients in Worth County’s Court System

In Worth County, Georgia, the courts include the Worth County Magistrate Court, Worth County State Court, Worth County Superior Court, Worth County Juvenile Court, Worth County Drug Court, Poulan Municipal Court, Sumner Municipal Court, Sylvester Municipal Court, and Warwick Municipal Court.

The Magistrate Court handles dispossessory, garnishments, writ of possessions, and small claims for civil actions involving $15, 000 or less.

The State Court has a Criminal Division that handles misdemeanor criminal cases only, including DUI, but does not preside over felonies. The State Court also has jurisdiction over civil actions regardless of the amount in controversy.

The Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction over felony criminal cases, juvenile cases, domestic relations, equity and cases regarding title to land.

The Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over criminal offenses committed by minors.

The Drug Court has jurisdiction over adult felony drug cases and offers interventions for individuals who have issues requiring treatment for substance abuse and/or mental health problems.

The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over city ordinances and misdemeanor traffic offenses.

At Joe Durham Jr., P.C., we are dedicated to pursuing and obtaining justice in the following courts:

Worth County Overview & Information

Worth County is located in the southwestern part of the state of Georgia and is also part of the Albany Metropolitan area. The county seat is Sylvester.

The county is bordered by several other counties, including Tift County, Turner County, Dougherty County, and Lee County. The population according to the 2020 United States Census was around 20,589 people.

Worth County’s economy, like many counties the region, has a primarily agricultural economy. It is known for the production of various crops, including peanuts, cotton, corn, and pecan.s. Agriculture plays a significant role in the county’s economic activities.

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Worth County Court Locations

Below is the contact information for the local courthouses in Worth County, Georgia.

Worth County Magistrate Court

201 North Main Street Room 21
Sylvester, Georgia 31791

Phone: 229-776-8210

  • Casey Rouse – Chief Magistrate Judge
  • Debra Sapp – Associate Magistrate Judge
  • Layah Duckworth – Deputy Clerk


Worth County State Court

201 N Main Street, Room 13
Sylvester GA 31791

Phone: 229-776-8205

  • Ralph Powell – State Court Judge


Worth County Superior Court

201 North Main Street, Room 13
Sylvester, GA 31791

Phone: 229-776-8205


Worth County Juvenile Court

225 Tift Avenue North
Tifton, GA 31793

Phone: 229-386-7909

  • Judge Render M. Heard, Jr.
  • Marcia Kimbro-Inman – Clerk of Court
  • Anissa Shipp – Chief Deputy Clerk
  • Lisa Jordan – Judicial Assistant/Clerk


Worth County Drug Court

201 North Main Street
2nd Floor Rm.24
Sylvester, Georgia 31791

Phone: 229-326-3060


Poulan Municipal Court

204 S Hunton Street
Poulan, Georgia 31781

Phone: 844-850-3150

  • Judge Ralph Powell Jr.
  • Court Clerk Valarie Merritt


Sumner Municipal Court

706 Walnut Street
Sumner GA 31789

Phone: 229-776-7384


Sylvester Municipal Court

102 South Main Street,
Sylvester, Georgia 31791

Phone: 229-776-8500

  • Judge Willie C. Weaver


Warwick Municipal Court

111 Dogwood St SW
Warwick GA 31796

Phone: 229-535-6256

  • Judge William Gregory
  • Judy Martin – Court Clerk

Worth County Law Enforcement and Other Agencies

Below is the general and emergency contact information for local law enforcement and fire departments.

Worth County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Don Whitaker

201 N Main St #14,
Sylvester, GA 31791

Phone: 229-776-8211
Emergency: 911


Sylvester Police Department

Chief Ronald Jackson

102 South Isabella Street
Sylvester, Georgia 31791

Phone: 229-776-8500
Emergency: 911


Poulan Police Department

Chief Larry Whisenant

204 Hunton St NW
Poulan, GA 31781

Phone: 229-776-4096
Emergency: 911


Warwick Police Department

141 Dogwood Street Southeast
Warwick, GA 31796

Phone: 229-535-6283
Emergency: 911


Worth County Fire Department

203 E. Willingham Street
Sylvester, Ga 31791

Ray Salter, Fire Chief/EMS Director

Phone: 229-776-8223 / 229-776-8224
Emergency: 911

Cities & Towns in Worth County

  • Poulan
  • Sylvester
  • Warwick
  • Sumner
  • Acree
  • Bridgeboro

Worth County Personal Injury Q&As

Why Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you were injured due to someone else negligent or reckless actions, you should contact an experience lawyer who can help you with:

  • Case preparation/filing a lawsuit
  • Settlement negotiations
  • Trial preparation and representation

What Are The Steps To Filing A Personal Injury Claim?

If you have been injured in an accident, follow these steps to help you prepare for a personal injury case:

  • Seek medical treatment and keep records of your treatment
  • Take photos and videos is possible of the accident scene
  • Get contact information, name and phone numbers, of any witnesses and take note of any security or traffic cameras in the area
  • If you were in a car accident, report it to the police. If you were in a workplace accident, report it to your supervisor, etc.
  • Never admit any fault
  • Contact a personal injury lawyer

What Kind Of Damages Can I Recover In A Personal Injury Case?

In Georgia, there are no limits on the amount of economic or non-economic damages that can be awarded. There are three main categories of damages in Georgia, and any of them may be relevant to your personal injury case. These are:

  • Economic Damages: these damages include monetary loss such as lost wages, property damage, and medical bills
  • Non-Economic Damages: the damages can include inconvenience, pain and suffering, emotional distress, stress, anxiety, loss of companionship, and loss of consortium
  • Punitive Damages: these are awards under specific circumstances. Punitive damages apply to financially punish the at-fault person from behaving similarly in the future.

Will I Have To Go To Court For Personal Injury?

Personal injury claims frequently end amicably and without the need for court action. Through agreements outside of court, we routinely settle cases for our clients to everyone’s satisfaction.

Why Do Personal Injury Claims Go To Court?

A personal injury claim will end up in court if a settlement cannot be reached during negotiations, or when the company or person that the claim is against does not respond.

Which Georgia Court Will Handle My Personal Injury Case?

Georgia is an at-fault state, therefore accident victims must first file a claim for compensation with their insurance companies before filing a lawsuit. The courts’ resources won’t be used excessively thanks to this law, which simplifies the legal process.

When the other side refuses to settle, you can take them to trial seeking compensation for your injuries. These are the five types of trial-level courts:

  • Magistrate: issues warrants, hears minor criminal and civil cases with the amount less than $15,000, civil disputes that include landlord/tenant, bad checks, county ordinance and dispossessory actions
  • Probate: probate of wills and estates, as well as authorized to handle commitments to incapacitated adults or appoint legal guardians
  • Juvenile: criminal offenses involving minors under the age of 18, also works concurrently with superior courts to handle child custody and child support cases
  • State: county jurisdiction, traffic violations, warrants, and preliminary hearings
  • Superior: civil and criminal jurisdiction, felony and divorces

What Happens To My Personal Injury Lawsuit?

The value of the claim is one of the variables that determine where your case will be heard in court. A magistrate judge often hears cases with a value of less than $15,000 in which the party in question represents themselves.

The lawsuit would go forward in the higher court system, though, for claims worth more. Personal injury lawsuits often need to be filed in the county where the accident happened. Because state laws and state courts have authority over matters involving personal injuries, this is true.

What Happens If My Personal Injury Claim Goes To Trial?

If your personal injury case goes to trial, a jury will listen to the evidence presented and determine if the defendant is responsible. If the jury finds the defendant liable, they will award you compensation, either as a lump sum or structured settlement.

Contact Our Skilled Worth County Personal Injury Lawyers Today

In personal injury cases, prompt action is absolutely crucial. Any delay can result in the loss of vital evidence and the fading of witness memories. With each passing moment without obtaining experienced legal counsel, there’s a greater risk that those responsible for your injuries could avoid their obligations.

Protecting your rights and claims is paramount. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone’s negligence, reach out to Joe Durham Jr., P.C. without hesitation today at 229-210-6226!

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