The Chief Magistrate of the Magistrate Court is elected by the voters for four year terms. The Magistrate Court has criminal and civil jurisdictions. The criminal jurisdiction’s responsibilities include issuing arrest and search warrants as well as good behavior bonds, conducting first appearances, setting bonds, extradition, committal, and warrant application hearings, and presiding over and conducting trials for county ordinance violations, misdemeanor bad check, criminal trespass, alcohol beverage violations involving persons under 21 years of age, shoplifting, and possession of marijuana less than one ounce. The civil jurisdiction’s responsibilities include the trial and adjudication of civil claims for $15,000 or less, dispossessory and distress warrant proceedings, abandon motor vehicle, foreclosures, and garnishments.

Location
Courthouse
102 North College Street
P.O. Box 347
Hamilton, GA 31811

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact
Jennifer Webb, Chief Magistrate
706-628-4977

Department Stats
Full-Time Employees: 3
Part-Time Employees: 2
FY 2017-18 Budget: $244,845