The Magistrate Court staff includes the Clerk of Court, 6 deputy clerks, 2 constables, and 2 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:
Dispossessory actions (evictions)
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:
***Continuing Garnishments, Financial Institution Garnishments and One Time Garnishments*** The Garnishment laws have been revised as of May 12, 2016. You may file a Continuing Garnishment with the Magistrate Court from this date forward using only the forms provided on the Lowndes County Magistrate Court website (lowndescounty.com) or you may also access the forms at https://georgiamagistratecouncil.com.
Financial Institution and One Time Garnishments have also been revised and will go in effect on May 12, 2016. The forms for the Financial Institution and One Time Garnishments are furnished to you on the Lowndes County website at lowndescounty.com or you may find them at https://georgiamagistratecouncil.com. Again, when filing a Garnishment of any kind with the Magistrate Court, you shall use the forms that are provided to you on the websites listed above.
The Lowndes County Magistrate Court is now accepting VISA/Master Card payments for filing of new actions or payment on accounts. At this time, you must appear in person with proper ID in order to use your credit/debit card.