Solicitor General

100 10th Street
Government Center
Tower, 9th Floor
Phone: (706) 653-4327

Officials

Judge Pythias Temesgen

Located in Government Center
Image of one of the Chattahoochee Judicial Court System Judges here in Muscogee County. Pythias “Pete” Temesgen is a Judge of the State Court of Muscogee County in Columbus, Georgia. Previously, he was an attorney practicing at Huff Powell Bailey, LLC, a firm recognized for its significant trial work in complex civil litigation. While in private practice, he also practiced criminal defense in the Middle District of Georgia. Prior to these experiences, Judge Temesgen was an assistant district attorney in Columbus, Georgia. Earlier in his career, he was also a law clerk to the Honorable Benjamin Richardson and Honorable John Allen. Judge Temesgen earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law, where he focused on litigation and conflict resolution. Judge Temesgen obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where he studied at the School of Public and International Affairs.

Judge Temesgen remains an active member of the Columbus community, having served in leadership roles with the Young Lawyer's Division of the Columbus Bar Association and the Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia. He was also the mayoral appointee of the Public Safety Advisory Commission. Previously, he was the president of the Fountain City Bar Association. Judge Temesgen is also a proud member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2019. Judge Temesgen and his wife, Natalia Temesgen, a playwright, screenwriter, and professor of English, live in Columbus, with their two children, Aria and Paul.

Solicitor General Suzanne Goddard

Located in Government Center

Judge Steven D. Smith

Located in Government Center - 8th Floor Tower
Phone: (706) 653-4790

Chief Judge Arthur L. Smith III

Located in Government Center - Tower, 7th Floor
Phone: (706) 653-4273
Fax: (706) 653-4569
Image of one of the Chattahoochee Judicial Court System Judges here in Muscogee County. Art Smith is a Columbus native who was educated in the public schools and graduated from Columbus High School in 1973. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Columbus College (now known as CSU). He earned his law degree from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law and later obtained an L.L.M. in Taxation in 2005 at the University of Alabama School of Law.

Judge Smith practiced as a private attorney from 1979-1989 in a general practice law firm in Columbus. In 1989, he joined the Legal Division at AFLAC and handled litigation and arbitration throughout the United States. He also served as a JAG Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He has been married to his wife Sue for 40 years, and they have two grown daughters, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren, William Arthur and Watford Lee.

He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Columbus Inns of Court (President 2014-2015), and the Columbus Bar Association. He is also an active member of St. Luke United Methodist Church and the Kiwanis Club of Columbus and serves on several community boards.

In December of 2011, he was sworn in by Governor Nathan Deal to serve as Judge of the Superior Courts of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit. On July 31, 2012, he was elected by the citizens of the circuit to serve as judge for a full four-year term, beginning January 1, 2013. Was re-elected without opposition in 2016 and 2020.

Judge Smith is currently the President of the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia and serves as a member of the Judicial Council which is the governing Board of all classes of Georgia Courts.

He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Coweta Falls Chapter. His revolutionary ancestor is Cary Cox.
On January 1, 2023, he is also designated the Chief Superior Court Judge of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit.

Director Martha Dicus

Located in Government Center - 8th Floor Tower

Judge Marc E. D'Antonio

Located in Government Center
Judge D'Antonio took office as Muscogee County's elected Probate Judge on January 1, 2013. Prior to taking office, since January 2006, he worked in the Probate Court as the Hearing Officer / Chief Clerk and later as Associate Judge.

Judge D'Antonio received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Economy from Tulane University. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1991 and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia that year.

Judge D'Antonio is married to Catherine Dietrich D'Antonio and they have two children, Kate and Jack, and a significant number of dogs and cats.

Judge Maureen GottFried

Located in Government Center

Judge David Ranieri

Located in Columbus, Georgia
Phone: (706) 641-5304

Judge Bobby G. Peters

Located in Government Center - Tower, 9th Floor
Phone: (706) 653-4384
Cell (After Hours): (706) 653 4266
Chambers (Private Line): (706) 225-4131
Fax: (706) 653-4384
Image of one of the Chattahoochee Judicial Court System Judges here in Muscogee County. Bobby graduated from Hardaway High School in 1967, and then earned an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, B.S., and a post-graduate degree in Education, M.S. both at Columbus University. He graduated with a J.D. from Woodrow Wilson Law School in 1979.

He was a law detective with the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office and taught law as a professor of criminal justice at Southern Union State College and was Director of the Regional Police Academy. He has been in law practice since 1979.

In addition to his service enforcing the law, he was a city councilor for twelve (12) years on the Columbus City Council and was elected for two consecutive terms as the Mayor of Columbus, as well as, Public Safety Director of the city.

He has been honored by many organizations earning the title "The People's Advocate". He was also chosen as one of only ten elected officials in the nation and the only one from Georgia to represent the United States of America in a governmental exchange program with Australia. Bobby was honored as the first American citizen to be named "Ambassador of Goodwill" for the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, WHINSEC, which was formerly known as the School of Americas. In 2002, Bobby was personally presented the "Order of Saint Maurice" by General Paul Eaton, Commander of Fort Benning.

Judge Andrew Prather

Located in Government Center
Image of one of the Chattahoochee Judicial Court System Judges here in Muscogee County. Andy Prather was born in and is a lifelong resident of Columbus, Georgia. He was in private law practice from 1977-1979, assistant solicitor 1980-1982, solicitor 1983-1993, and has been a state court judge since 1994. He has served as Chief Judge of the court since 1996. He was the president of the Solicitors Association of Georgia in 1990, and president of the Columbus Younger Lawyers Club in 1988.

Associate Pam Wynn

Located in Government Center - 8th Floor Tower

Associate Judge David A. Siegel

Located in Government Center
Judge David A. Siegel was appointed as the Associated Judge of the Muscogee County Probate Court in November 2017. Prior to taking office, he was in private practice with Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford, P.C. for over 30 years focusing on civil litigation.

Judge Siegel graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in biology from Wake Forest University. He graduated from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 1986 and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia that year. He later served as an adjunct professor of law at his alma mater for 10 years.

Judge Siegel is an automobile enthusiast.

Coordinator Dayna Solomon

Located in Government Center

Judge Gil McBride

Located in Government Center - Tower, 11th Floor
Phone: (706) 225-4275
Image of one of the Chattahoochee Judicial Court System Judges here in Muscogee County. Gil grew up in Columbus where he was educated in local schools. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he also interned for Congressman Jack Brinkley. After graduating from law school at the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Gil returned to Columbus in 1991 where he began the practice of law. He practiced as a private attorney for seventeen years with his wife, Betsy, before winning election to the bench in 2008. Gil and Betsy have four (4) children and are members of St. Paul United Methodist Church, the Harris County Cattlemen's Association and other community organizations. Gil is a former chairman of the Valley Rescue Mission, Inc. and the Kiwanis Club of Columbus. Both Gil and his oldest son are Eagle Scouts.

Contact

Physical Address:
Government Center
100 10th Street, Tower, 9th Floor
Columbus, Georgia, 31904
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone Numbers:
Office:
(706) 653-4327
Physical Address:
Government Center
100 10th Street, Tower, Ground Floor
Columbus, Georgia, 31904
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday *
9:00 AM - As Needed
Drug Court sessions occur weekly on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. in the Muscogee County Government Center. Occasionally, with prior notice, court may be rescheduled for another day.

Phone Numbers:
Office:
(706) 225-3597
Physical Address:
Government Center
100 10th Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, Georgia, 31901
Mailing Address:
Probate Court of Columbus
P.O. Box 1340
Columbus, Ga, 31902
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday *
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
* We stop accepting applications for marriage and weapons carry licenses at 4:30 PM

The Probate Court of Columbus observes the holiday schedule approved by the Columbus City Council. Our office will be closed on City holidays. For a complete listing of City holidays, review the City's Holiday Schedule.

Phone Numbers:
Marriage Licenses & Weapons Carry Licenses:
(706) 225-4750
Estates, Guardianships, Billing, & Other:
(706) 653-4333

Acceptable forms of payment:
Cash, debit or credit cards (for an additional fee), money order or cashiers check. NO PERSONAL CHECKS.

Physical Address:
Government Center
100 10th Street, 8th Floor Tower
Columbus, Georgia, 31901
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Probate Court of Columbus observes the holiday schedule approved by the Columbus City Council. Our office will be closed on City holidays. For a complete listing of City holidays, review the City's Holiday Schedule.

Phone Numbers:
Office:
(706) 653-4390
Physical Address:
Government Center
100 10th Street, 8th Floor Tower
Columbus, Georgia, 31901
Mailing Address:
Law Library
P.O Box 1340
Columbus, Ga, 31902
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Law Library observes the holiday schedule approved by the Columbus City Council. Our office will be closed on City holidays. For a complete listing of City holidays, review the City's Holiday Schedule.

Phone Numbers:
Office:
(706) 225-4010