Magistrate Court

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HOURS:

The Court will close on Thursday, December 16, 2021 from 11:15 - 1:30 for our employee luncheon.

THE COURT WILL CLOSE AT 3:00 PM ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2021 IN OBSERVANCE OF THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY. THE COURT WILL REOPEN ON DECEMBER 27, 2021 AT 8:00 AM. HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!

NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY HOURS:

THE COURT WILL CLOSE AT 3:00 PM ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2021 IN OBSERVANCE OF THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY. THE COURT WILL REOPEN ON JANUARY 3, 2022 AT 8:00 AM

***PUBLIC PORTAL ACCESS***TO OBTAIN STATUS AND INFORMATION REGARDING CIVIL FILINGS IN THE MAGISTRATE COURT CLICK HERE.

"HOW TO SEARCH FOR PARTY NAMES IN THE PUBLIC PORTAL"Due to common spellings and multiple parties regarding civil suits and dispossessory cases, you must enter a party name in the public portal "Smart Search" as follows: Last name*, First name* Example: Doe*, John*  

Updated COVID-19 Face Mask Requirements:

Effective November 1, 2021 the face mask requirement instituted by the Superior Court of Lowndes County in the beginning of the pandemic have been amended again. All employees, attorneys, witnesses, spectators, and visitors entering the courthouses in the circuit will be required to wear a mask unless they have been fully vaccinated with any of the CDC approved COVID-19 vaccines. Individuals should still maintain social distancing in each courtroom and all common areas of the courthouse.  

Judges of the Magistrate Court

County Ordinance Bond Schedule for the Magistrate Court

Overview

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.

Civil 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.

Criminal Division

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
  • Truancy hearings 
  • Pre-Arrest Warrant hearings