Judges of the Magistrate Court
THE MAGISTRATE COURT WILL BE IMPLEMENTING NEW SOFTWARE UPDATES ON FEBRUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 28, 2020 THEREFORE, THE COURT WILL BE UNABLE TO ACCEPT CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS DURING THIS TIME. ON FEBRUARY 28, 2020 THE COURT WILL BE UNABLE TO ACCEPT ANY FORM OF PAYMENT. WE WILL RESUME TAKING ALL FORMS OF PAYMENTS ON MARCH 2, 2020.
EXAMPLE PROVIDED FOR HOW TO SEARCH FOR PARTY NAMES IN THE PUBLIC PORTAL- Due to common spellings and multiple parties on civil suits and dispossessory cases, you must type in a party name in the public portal "Smart Search" as follows: Last name*, First name* Example: Doe*, John*
The Magistrate Court staff includes the Clerk of Court, 6 deputy clerks, 3 constables, and 2 full-time Judges and 2 part-time Judges. The Magistrate Courts of Georgia were established in 1983 when the current Georgia Constitution was ratified. The Constitution required the Magistrate Courts to replace the Justice of the Peace, and a variety of other small claims courts. Each county in the State of Georgia has a Magistrate Court.
The Lowndes County Magistrate Court is divided into 2 divisions the Civil Division and the Criminal Division.
The Civil Division handles monetary claims that are $15,000 or less. Any amount in excess of $15,000 should be filed in either the State or Superior Court of Lowndes County. Actions filed in the Magistrate Court include, but are not limited to:
- Contract disputes
- Dispossessory actions (evictions)
- Personal injury
- Suits on account
This court does not handle divorce, child support actions, or actions involving title to property. You may appear on your own behalf or may be represented by an attorney.
The Criminal Division handles the issuing of arrest warrants for Lowndes County after probable cause has been determined. The Magistrate Court also conducts:
- Bond hearings
- First appearances
- Ordinance hearings
- Preliminary hearings