Magistrate Court - Jennifer E. Lewis, Chief Magistrate
The Magistrate Court is Georgia's small claims court. You can pursue a case in this court with or without an attorney.
The court has broad jurisdiction to try and dispose of most civil claims when the amount sought or the value of the property claimed does not exceed $15,000.00.
The court can also hear dispossessory, writ of possession for personal property and garnishment actions.
Magistrate judges may also issue criminal arrest and search warrants, try county ordinance violations and misdemeanor bad check cases, set bonds for individuals arrested on criminal charges and hold preliminary hearings.
This program is provided free by the Council of Magistrate Court Judges for the public to use and print forms. The program guides the user by questions and providing background information and definitions. At the end, the user may print off a form to take the Magistrate Court and file. If a county has E filing available, that option will be available at the end of the program. Users may incur a fee for using E filing rather than filing in person.