DUE TO SOFTWARE UPDATES ON JANUARY 30TH AND 31ST THE COURT WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY FORM OF CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS. ON JANUARY 31ST THE COURT WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY FORM OF PAYMENTS ON ACCOUNTS. THE COURT WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING PAYMENTS ON ACCOUNTS ON FEBRUARY 3, 2020.
Judges of the Magistrate Court
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2020 THE FEES TO RECORD A FIERI FACIAS, NULLA BONA AND CANCELATION OF A FIERI FACIAS "FI.FA." HAVE INCREASED IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF LOWNDES COUNTY. FEES FOR RECORDING THE MENTIONED DOCUMENTS IN SUPERIOR COURT HAVE CHANGED AS OF JANUARY 1, 2020. THE COST TO REQUEST A FI.FA. IN THE MAGISTRATE COURT IS $29.00 THIS INCLUDES THE RECORDING FEE IN SUPERIOR COURT. PLEASE MAKE CHECK PAYABLE FOR THIS REQUEST TO THE MAGISTRATE COURT. THE COST FOR REQUESTING A CANCELATION OF FI.FA. IN THE MAGISTRATE COURT HAS INCREASED TO $25.00 PLEASE MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO THE SUPERIOR COURT OF LOWNDES COUNTY. THE COST TO REQUEST A NULLA BONA HAS ALSO INCREASED IN THE SUPERIOR COURT TO $25.00. WHEN SENDING YOUR REQUEST FOR A NULLA BONA TO THE MAGISTRATE COURT YOU MUST INCLUDE A CHECK FOR $20.00 MADE PAYABLE TO THE MAGISTRATE COURT OF LOWNDES COUNTY AND A $25.00 CHECK MADE PAYABLE TO THE SUPERIOR COURT OF LOWNDES COUNTY.
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