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​***Please do not appear for Court if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has also tested positive for COVID-19. Please email the Court at Court@JohnsCreekGA.gov regarding your court date and time if you have been affected by COVID-19 and cannot appear at your hearing.

  • As of September 1, 2020, the court will begin submitting failure to appear cases to the Georgia Department of Driver Services for any persons who fail to appear for his/her scheduled court date.

  • If you have any questions regarding your citation or case in general, please email court personnel at court@johnscreekga.gov

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Johns Creek Municipal Court holds court two times a week. Each judge was appointed and approved by City Council.

Donald Schaefer, Chief Judge 

Donald SchaeferDon Schaefer is in private practice in Roswell after 26+ years practicing in the Decatur law firm of Brownlow and Schaefer, specializing in traffic and criminal law, as well as wills and estates.

He served in the Atlanta City Court as a bailiff and clerk from 1980-86 and then as a Judge Pro Hac Vice from 1994-2003. In addition to Atlanta, he has been a part-time judge in Alpharetta, Loganville, and DeKalb Recorder's Court. He currently sits as judge in Johns Creek and Sandy Springs.

Schaefer is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the North Fulton Bar Association and the Council of Municipal Court Judges.

Scott Carter, Judge Pro Tem

Scott CarterScott Carter, in private practice in Chamblee since 2000, has been a Municipal Court Judge in the City of Doraville, Georgia for 18 years.

He worked with the Georgia board of Workers' Compensation from 1989 to 2000, first as a Staff Attorney, then Prosecuting Attorney, then Division Director. He served as the lead counsel/prosecutor for the Board's "Fraud and Compliance Division."
Carter received a law degree in 1988 from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law, with a BA in Psychology from University of West Georgia in 1981.

Carter is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association and the Council of Municipal Judges.

Judge Pro Tem - Vacant

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