Superior Court-Chief Judge William H. 'Beau' McClain
- Judge McClain controls the scheduling of the criminal and civil cases that are assigned to him.
- Priority is given to criminal cases in which the defendant remains incarcerated without bond. Anyone with a pending criminal case who is unable to afford to hire an attorney should contact the Douglas County Public Defender’s Office as soon as possible.
- All civil cases that are ready for trial are added to the ’Ready List’ and will be on the civil jury trial calendar.
- All appeals involving County ad valorem taxes are added to the next civil jury trial list because of State law requirements for the processing of these cases. These requirements take priority over the time limits for civil discovery.
- All civil cases in which answers are filed are referred to mediation through the 7th Judicial Administrative District 770-387-5480. The parties are encouraged to use this program to resolve their cases efficiently and oftentimes with less expense.
- Should you need assistance regarding a court date, please contact Christina Schartle, Case Management Clerk, by email email@example.com
JUDGE BEAU MCCLAIN'S BIOGRAPHY
Judge McClain was elected to the Superior Court of Douglas County in November 2008 and was re-elected in 2012, 2016 and 2020. Prior to assuming the bench, Judge McClain served as Chief Assistant District Attorney in two judicial circuits including Douglas for 27 years, and during that time conducted over 250 jury trials specializing in homicides, armed robberies, drug trafficking, and organized crime. Judge McClain graduated from Emory University in 1978 and Emory Law in 1981 in the top 15% of his class, and was a member of the ABA National Moot Court Team representing Emory where he also received the highest grades in his class in the course of Contracts and Insurance.<p>As a member of the Council of Superior Court Judges, Judge McClain serves on the Accountability and treatment Court Committee, and founded the first Felony Drug Court in Douglas County. Judge McClain has previously served as the Troop Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 228, Douglasville 1st United Methodist Church. All three of his sons are Eagle Scouts. In 2005, the Judge left scouting to answer a call to minister to needy families in our community which was birthed by Hurricane Katrina. As Katrina refugees relocated to Douglas County, Judge McClain and Paul Zachos founded Faith in Action, which delivers usable beds, furniture, and appliances to the poor. The Judge has been personally delivering these items in his pick-up truck assisted by a network of church volunteers every Saturday and Sunday for the past 14 years. Judge McClain also serves at The Pantry, the community food ministry as leader and volunteer since its founding, and is a former board member of The Hope Project and the Pregnancy Resource Center. In 2015, he founded Operation Christmas Douglas County which provided over 36,000 needy local children with new Christmas gifts in its first four years. Judge McClain and his wife recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary and are members of The Church at Chapel Hill in Douglasville.