Updated on September 2, 2020
On September 1, 2020, the CDC issued an order that halts evictions for covered tenants. This order is tentatively scheduled to go into effect September 4, 2020 and remain in effect until December 31, 2020, unless modified or extended. Please see link below to read the order in its entirety.
The Court provides this summary information for your reference and convenience. If you have any questions or concerns about your rights, or need help understanding how this order applies to your situation, please consult with an attorney. THE COURT CANNOT ADVISE ANYONE ON HOW TO PROCEED UNDER THIS ORDER. PLEASE SEEK LEGAL ADVICE FROM AN ATTORNEY. Please click on the following link and statement: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/04/2020-19654/temporary-halt-in-residential-evictions-to-prevent-the-further-spread-of-covid-19
As of March 25, 2020 All business conducted in the Magistrate Court is by appointment ONLY. The Court is accepting Statement of Claims and Dispossessorys via e-filing as alternate means of filing. You may contact the Magistrate Court to schedule an appointment at 229-671-2610. "Updated on August 10, 2020"
Click on the link below for more information regarding our business processes. We will continue to update our business hours of operation, procedures and our emergency plan.
GEORGIA SUPREME COURT ORDER
UPDATED ON August 10, 2020
Please visit the Supreme Court of Georgia website for the latest updates and to review a copy of the Emergency Order in place until September 10, 2020 at https://www.gasupreme.us/ To preview the Order click on the link https://www.gasupreme.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/5th-Extension-of-Statewide-Judicial-Order_FINAL_entered.pdf
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Judges of the Magistrate Court
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