The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission approved the appointment of Marcy Jolles as Municipal Court Judge and Administrative Hearing Officer at the Regular Session Voting Meeting on June 6, 2023. She was nominated by Mayor Kelly Girtz for a two-year appointment to begin on June 26, 2023.
Judge Jolles' swearing-in ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. on June 22 in Municipal Court at the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse, 325 E. Washington St.
Jolles most recently served as staff attorney for Superior Court Judge Lawton Stephens. Her legal career has also included work as an associate with the Cowsert Heath, and Silver and Archibald law firms, as well as serving as the county's senior assistant solicitor in State Court of Athens-Clarke County, and as an attorney with the Western Circuit Public Defender Office. Jolles earned her law degree at the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree in education, also from UGA.
"I thank Mayor Girtz and the Athens-Clarke County Commission for selecting me as Municipal Court Judge," Jolles said. "I look forward to serving the residents of Athens-Clarke County and others who have business in the Municipal Court. Athens has been my home for the past 31 years and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the community that has given so much to me."
The Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County is the busiest court in Athens-Clarke County, each year handling approximately 30,000 cases. The court has jurisdiction over county ordinance violations; state misdemeanor traffic violations, including DUI; and state misdemeanor crimes of theft by shoplifting, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, and underage possession of alcohol. The court also handles domestic partnership filings and performs weddings.
The Municipal Court judge also typically is appointed as the administrative hearing officer for issues under county ordinances that would determine the granting, denial, probating, suspending, or revoking of any license or permit granted under ACC ordinances or claims by residents from an administrative decision made by any Athens-Clarke County department authorized to make such decisions.
For more information on Municipal Court, visit www.accgov.com/municipalcourt.