Mr. Odenigbo, a former Senior Probation Officer of the court holds a bachelor’s degree from Alabama A&M University (Bulldog), a Master of Public Administration’s degree from Troy University (Trojan). His management experience and knowledge in Juvenile Justice spans over twenty years starting as a volunteer in Youth Prevention Program in Detroit, Michigan to a Post Certified Juvenile Probation Officer for the state of Georgia of Georgia department of Juvenile Justice. A trained Mediator and a Veteran of United States Navy, Mr. Odenigbo has held many leadership and management positions within and outside the United States including Program Director for Fulton County, Special Adviser to the state Governor, Technical Adviser to the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on SURE-P, a social safety net palliative, Chief of Staff to Dekalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson and became Court Administrator on April 18, 2018.

My vision for the court is to provide full and unabated support to the Judges of the court, a strong advocate for the employees and leverage on partnerships to bring resources to the organization. In addition, provide a nurturing progressive environment for young employees to grow.

Mr. Odenigbo has received many awards and citations for community service, nation building and philanthropy including: National Defense Medal, United States Navy Meritorious Medal, A citation from the Georgia House of Representative, a Proclamation from the United States Congress declaring July 13, as Colet Odenigbo in the 4th congressional District, a Proclamation from DeKalb Board of commissioners, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, Champion of Hope from Africa Children’s Fund, Marquis Who is Who in America and many others.

Mr. Odenigbo is a member of Georgia Council of Court Administrators, National Association of Court Managers, Georgia Association of Neutrals, American Association of Public Administrators, among others, and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

He attends Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Lithonia and is married to Dr. Nneka Odenigbo with two adorable children.


Clerk of Juvenile Court

Phone: 404-294-2700 ext 1

The Clerk’s Office is responsible for maintaining and docketing original records for maintaining and docketing original records for the Court, including legal, financial, and electronic images. In addition, the Clerk’s Office handles all matters concerning juvenile traffic violations, probation fines and fees, and restitution.

The DeKalb Juvenile Clerk of Court manages a staff consisting of a Chief Deputy Clerk, an Accountant Technician Sr., and six deputy clerks who perform an array of key duties within the clerk’s office in addition to providing support to the judges’ staff. The Clerk’s Office is also responsible for the recording and filing of all traffic citations, complaints, petitions, motions and orders filed in the Juvenile Court. The clerk’s office handles the following categories of cases:

    • Dependency cases for children younger than 18
    • CHINS (Children In Need of Services) cases for children younger than 18
    • Delinquent and Traffic cases for children younger than 17
    • Special Proceedings which include:
    • Record Sealings,
    • Judicial Bypass Hearings,
    • Superior and Probate Court Referrals,
    • Appeals



Methods of Payment

    • In person  – Payments for fines, fees and restitution are accepted at the Juvenile Court Clerk’s Office from Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm in the form of cash, credit card, money order and cashier’s check.
    • By mail – Payments submitted by mail must be in the form of either a cashier’s check or money order made payable to the Clerk of Juvenile Court. Your payment should be enclosed in a secure envelope and addressed as follows:

DeKalb County Juvenile Court
Attention: Clerk of Juvenile Court
4309 Memorial Dr
Decatur, GA 30032

Note: Please include the following information when submitting your payment:

    • Your full name
    • Date of birth
    • Address
    • Case number


Hours of Operation **With the exception of major U.S. holidays.
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Building Security

DeKalb County Sheriff
Phone: (404)294-2735

If you have any questions or concerns about building security which are not answered below or if you have an emergency at the DeKalb County Juvenile Court, please contact the number above.

When you enter the DeKalb County Juvenile Court, you must pass through security. In order to facilitate the process, please:

    • Take off all coats, jackets and hats.
    • Remove steel- toed boots (other shoes are okay).
    • Remove all contents from your pockets including cell phones, coins, etc. and place them in the plastic bins provided.
    • Place purses and bags on the conveyer belt.
    • Remove laptops from bags – after passing through security, you will have to turn them on to show that they work.
    • Walk through the metal detector with your hands at your sides. If the metal detector beeps, you will be checked with a hand-held wand before you may retrieve your belongings.


You are not allowed to bring the following items into the Courthouse. If you have any of these items, they will be confiscated. Some items will not be returned to you. Others will be held until you leave the building. Possession of some items could result in immediate arrest.

    • Recorders
    • Cameras
    • Mace or Pepper Spray
    • Perfume bottles
    • Tools
    • Knives
    • Guns
    • Tasers
    • Illegal substances
    • Glass bottles, cups, plates
    • Metal silverware