The Honorable Lawton E. Stephens

Appointed By: Gov. Zell B. Miller

Biography

Hon. Lawton E. Stephens is a judge for the Western Judicial Circuit Superior Court in Georgia. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Zell Miller in 1991.

The Western Judicial Circuit is comprised of Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties.

Over the course of his judicial tenure, Stephens has served as the presiding judge of the Western Judicial Circuit Felony Drug Court since 2011 and was named the Circuit’s Chief Judge in 2002. During his time as Chief Judge, Stephens was credited with establishing a probation service that was operated by the Unified Government to supervise misdemeanor offenders, and he was also instrumental in helping to develop the Athens-Clarke County Diversion-Work Release Center program. He held the position of Chief Judge until 2012.

Stephens received a bachelor’s degree in political science and U.S. history from the Unversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977. He went on to complete a J.D. at the University of Georgia School of Law in 1981.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Stephens practiced alongside his father for ten years at the Athens law firm of Stephens & Stephens (1981 to 1991).

In addition to maintaining his practice, he also briefly worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Clarke County State Court (1986 to 1987) and spent four years in the political arena as a representative of the 68th District in the Georgia House of Representatives (1987 to 1991).

His memberships have included the Western Circuit Bar Association (past president), the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education (chairman), the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia (president), the Chief Justice’s Indigent Defense Study Commission, the Next Generation’s Court Commission (chair), the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia (Western Judicial Circuit representative), and the Georgia Supreme Court’s Committee on Justice for Children Board of the Northeast.

Stephens also sat as a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Athens Technical College, the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, the Georgia Legal History Foundation, and the Athens Area Community Foundation.

In addition, he was a past president of the Oconee County Rotary Club and held memberships with the Gridiron Secret Society and the Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Leadership Organization.

Some of his accolades have included the Milner Ball Social Justice Award from the Athens Justice Coalition of Care with Family Counseling Service (2020), the Silver Beaver Award from the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America (2019), the Emory Findley Award for Service to the Judiciary from the Council of Superior Court Judges (2015), the Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award from the State Bar of Georgia (2015), the Robert S. Stubbs Guardian of Ethics Award from the Oconee County Rotary Club (2011), the William E. “Billy” Hudson Distinguished Citizen Award from the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America (2007), and the Legal Professional of the Year award from the Athens Association of Legal Professionals (2005).

Stephens is a graduate of Episcopal High School (1973) in Alexandria, Virginia. He has served as a deacon and an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Athens.

Recent Cases by Hon. Lawton E. Stephens

On September 16, 2022 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Sep 16, 2022

Status

CL

Type

FAMILY VIOLENCE

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 17, 2022

On September 15, 2022 a contempt - domestic relations case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Sep 15, 2022

Status

OP

Type

CONTEMPT - DOMESTIC RELATIONS

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 16, 2022

On September 15, 2022 a case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Sep 15, 2022

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 16, 2022

On September 13, 2022 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Sep 13, 2022

Status

OP

Type

FAMILY VIOLENCE

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 14, 2022

On September 12, 2022 a divorce/annullment/separate maintenance case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Sep 12, 2022

Status

OP

Type

DIVORCE/ANNULLMENT/SEPARATE MAINTENANCE

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 13, 2022

On September 11, 2022 a garnishment/attachment case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Sep 11, 2022

Status

OP

Type

GARNISHMENT/ATTACHMENT

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 12, 2022

On September 9, 2022 a case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Sep 09, 2022

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 10, 2022

On September 9, 2022 a contract account case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Sep 09, 2022

Status

OP

Type

CONTRACT ACCOUNT

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 10, 2022

On September 8, 2022 a support-iv-d case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Sep 08, 2022

Status

OP

Type

SUPPORT-IV-D

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 09, 2022

On September 8, 2022 a divorce/annullment/separate maintenance case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Sep 08, 2022

Status

OP

Type

DIVORCE/ANNULLMENT/SEPARATE MAINTENANCE

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 09, 2022

On September 6, 2022 an other domestic relation case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Sep 06, 2022

Status

OP

Type

OTHER DOMESTIC RELATION

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 07, 2022

On September 1, 2022 a case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Sep 01, 2022

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 02, 2022

On August 31, 2022 an automobile tort case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Aug 31, 2022

Status

OP

Type

AUTOMOBILE TORT

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 01, 2022

On August 31, 2022 a support-iv-d case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Aug 31, 2022

Status

OP

Type

SUPPORT-IV-D

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 01, 2022

On August 31, 2022 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Aug 31, 2022

Status

OP

Type

FAMILY VIOLENCE

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Sep 01, 2022

On August 30, 2022 a contract account case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Aug 30, 2022

Status

OP

Type

CONTRACT ACCOUNT

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Aug 31, 2022

On August 29, 2022 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Aug 29, 2022

Status

OP

Type

FAMILY VIOLENCE

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Aug 31, 2022

On August 26, 2022 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Aug 26, 2022

Status

OP

Type

FAMILY VIOLENCE

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Aug 31, 2022

On August 25, 2022 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Aug 25, 2022

Status

OP

Type

FAMILY VIOLENCE

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Aug 31, 2022

On August 25, 2022 a case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Aug 25, 2022

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Aug 31, 2022

On August 24, 2022 a case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Aug 24, 2022

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Aug 25, 2022

On August 24, 2022 a case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Aug 24, 2022

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Aug 25, 2022

On August 24, 2022 a support - iv-d case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Aug 24, 2022

Status

OP

Type

SUPPORT - IV-D

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Aug 25, 2022

On August 23, 2022 a dispossessory landlord tenant case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Aug 23, 2022

Status

OP

Type

DISPOSSESSORY LANDLORD TENANT

County

Clarke County, GA

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Case Last Refreshed

Aug 24, 2022

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