Chief Magistrate Court Judge:
Wanda L. Dallas
Harold R. Banke Justice Center
9151 Tara Boulevard
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: (770) 477-3444
Fax: (770) 473-5750
With 20 years of experience as an Attorney and Judge, Judge Dallas has reached the apex of her legal career. She served as an Associate Judge for the Fulton County Juvenile Court and Chief Judge for the Riverdale Municipal Court.
Judge Dallas’ legal career began in 1993, when she was a judicial law clerk. In 1995, she became an assistant solicitor prosecuting misdemeanor cases. She then became a senior trial attorney for the Fulton County District Attorney’s office. She conducted jury trials of criminal felony cases, including murder and armed robbery. As a trial attorney of over 80 jury trials, her conviction rate stands at 93%.
In early 2001, while still at the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, Judge Dallas was selected to create and supervise an innovative program that shifted from traditional prosecution to crime prevention and community empowerment. “Community Prosecution” envisioned a partnership between the D. A.’s Office, law enforcement agencies, political agencies, and the community. Under her leadership, several programs were initiated that directly resulted in a decrease in crime.
The community prosecution program received national recognition as a “Leadership Site” by the U.S. Department of Justice. Fulton County was one of only 10 leadership Sites out of approximately 250 Community Prosecution programs in the U.S.
From 2003 – 2005, Judge Dallas served as a trainer and faculty member for the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute (A.P.R.I.). In this role, she traveled to conferences and prosecutorial agencies around the country providing training and technical assistance to prosecutors.
Due to her success as a trainer, in 2007 Judge Dallas was invited to act as a consultant for the South African government. The National Prosecutor’s Authority of South Africa (N.P.A.) was hosting a regional conference in Cape Town, and based on her successes with community prosecution, she was flown to South Africa and trained over 250 prosecutors and stakeholders about crime prevention and crime reduction through the community prosecution model.
Throughout her legal career, Judge Dallas has maintained her commitment to higher education. From 1998 – 2007, she was an adjunct professor for the Georgia State University College of Law. She taught litigation to 2nd and 3rd year law students. From 2004 – 2005, she served as a board member for the Atlanta Technical College. In 2008, she taught para-legal studies at Bauder College.
Judge Dallas’s strong desire to serve her community, especially her youth, is evidenced by her involvement in several service oriented organizations. She was an active participant of the Atlanta West End Rotary Club as both Secretary and Club President.
She has received numerous distinctions and accolades, including the Public Service Award of the Year and Employee of the Year by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office; an Appreciation Award by the Georgia Department of Labor (Savannah State University mentor program); and Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Atlanta Police Department.
Judge Dallas is currently the Chief Judge for the Magistrate Court of Clayton County. In this position, she oversees the Court’s administrative duties as its’ CEO, as well as sitting as one of the full-time Judges in Court.