Judge Johnny Panos – Division 4


Notice re: 2020 Judicial Emergency

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia issued an order on March 14, 2020, declaring a statewide judicial emergency. The declaration order automatically “suspends, tolls, extends, and otherwise grants relief from any deadlines or other time schedules or filing requirements imposed by otherwise applicable statutes, rules, regulations, or court orders, whether in civil or criminal cases or administrative matters…” When the judicial emergency terminates, attorneys will have the same amount of time to file their documents that they had remaining at the time the order went into effect on March 14. In the meantime, attorneys do not need to file requests for extension of time. While the order is in place, failure to file certain documents that have specific deadlines, such as briefs, cannot be grounds for dismissing a case. However, the Court encourages parties to continue to file briefs and other documents when practicable, as the Court is continuing to work on cases.

Notice is hereby given that, for the duration of the current statewide judicial emergency declared by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia on March 14, 2020, including any modifications and extensions thereof, Division IV of the State Court of DeKalb County will conduct all scheduled proceedings wholly by remote telephonic or video conference, unless otherwise provided by law or any party or member of the public objects.

Please e-mail any such objections, as well as courtesy copies of any motions and other filings requiring the Court’s immediate attention, to Law Clerk Kate Schuessler at kschuess@dekalbcountyga.gov and the appropriate Calendar Clerk (for civil matters, Lana Brooks at lmbrooks@dekalbcountyga.gov and for criminal matters, Monika Mitchell at mtmitche@dekalbcountyga.gov.) The Court will rule upon objections prior to conducting the proceeding.

To coordinate viewing of remote proceedings, please e-mail Kate Schuessler. For a current status of the statewide judicial emergency, please visit https://www.gasupreme.us. Updates regarding the DeKalb County Courthouse are available at https://www.dekalbsuperiorcourt.com.

For a current status of the statewide judicial emergency, please visit https://www.gasupreme.us. Updates regarding the DeKalb County Courthouse are available at https://www.dekalbsuperiorcourt.com


Office Address

DeKalb County Courthouse
556 N. McDonough St
Decatur, GA 30030
Suite 2230


Courtroom C
2nd Floor




Rebecca Crutchfield
Kate Schuessler
Monika Scales-Mitchell
Lana Brooks
Jackie Washington
Judicial Assistant
Senior Law Clerk
Criminal Case Manager
Civil Calendar Clerk
Court Reporter


Judge Johnny Panos was elected to the DeKalb County State Court bench in 2002.  He attended Emory University Law School and received his JD in 1983 from Woodrow Wilson College of Law.


Judge Panos is a member of numerous professional organizations and has received numerous honors and awards during his lifetime, the most memorable being the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service given to him on March 10, 2009.  Judge Panos was recognized for his work with Project Achieve, a program he launched in 2004 to assist disadvantaged youth get their GED and go to college and obtain jobs.


Judge Panos is a member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. He regularly volunteers his time during the Greek Festival every year cooking greek food.

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