Jonesboro, Georgia is located in Clayton County and is the county seat. At The Millar Law Firm, we focus our practice on representing persons seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents in the Jonesboro and Clayton County area. Clayton County lies within the five-county core of the Atlanta metropolitan area. While the Jonesboro city limits encompass only 2.6 square miles, the city is located just 12 miles south of Atlanta and residents can easily take advantage of the employment, cultural, and entertainment options in the state capital.
Tourism is an important sector of Jonesboro’s economy; it is the city’s primary source of revenue. The city was the setting for Tara, the fictional plantation in Margaret Mitchell‘s epic novel Gone with the Wind. Several local attractions bring this well-known story to life including the Road to Tara Museum, located in Jonesboro’s 1867 Historic Train Depot; Stately Oaks Plantation; and the Southern Belles and Whistles Tour, which highlights the impact of the Civil War and Gone with the Wind on Jonesboro.
According to the 2000 census, Jonesboro has residents 3,829. With little public transportation available in Jonesboro and no dedicated bicycle lanes, 93% of Jonesboro’s residents drive to work. To take advantage of employment opportunities Jonesboro, residents can easily commute into Atlanta on one of Clayton County’s 4 interstates: Interstate 75, Interstate 85, Interstate 285, or Interstate 675. A commuter rail station has been proposed in Jonesboro, which would link the city to Atlanta. The city will be converting the vehicular railroad crossing at West Mill Street to pedestrian use only, allowing pedestrians a safe crossing location and minimizing pedestrian and vehicle accidents.
The City of Jonesboro has only one primary arterial roadway, Tara Boulevard (highways 19 and 41). Drivers who receive a traffic ticket on Tara Boulevard will likely end up at the Jonesboro Municipal Court, which is conveniently located upstairs within the same building as the Jonesboro Police Department at 170 South Main Street.
Since Jonesboro is the county seat of Clayton County, there is a concentration of government employees and business services, particularly legal services, in the quaint, historic downtown area. Most retail establishments in the area are located outside the city, either at Southlake Mall in Morrow, a one million square-foot mall or on Interstate 75.
As the county seat, Jonesboro is also home to the historic Clayton County Courthouse, which was built in 1898. However, both the State Court of the Clayton Judicial Circuit and the Superior Court of the Clayton Judicial Circuit are held at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center in Jonesboro. Along with 18 courtrooms, the justice center also contains a 1,536-bed detention center, and the Clayton County Sheriff‘s headquarters.
The state court is a trial court with limited jurisdiction covering misdemeanor and traffic violations and all civil actions, regardless of the amount, unless the Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction. The state court handles lawsuits arising from traffic accidents, pedestrian accidents, truck accidents, and similar cases, but does not handle complex lawsuits. If a Jonesboro resident is suing a person, the lawsuit is filed in the county where the defendant lives. If a Jonesboro resident is suing a business, the lawsuit should be filed in the county where the business is run or the county where the business is incorporated. The car accident lawyers of The Millar Law Firm have helped hundreds of clients throughout the state of Georgia recover what they are owed.
Superior Court is a trial court of general jurisdictions. The court hears all felony criminal cases prosecuted by the Office of the District Attorney, major civil cases, and all appeals from lower courts of the circuit.