Magistrate Court

Magistrate Court Clerk’s Office is open to the public during normal business hours from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM with reduced capacity due to social distancing and sanitizing. Please be patient when waiting for service. Masks are required to enter the Clerk’s Office and are available upon request.

All bond hearings will take place at 8:30 am by video conference in the Magistrate Court courtroom.

Civil hearings (Statement of Claims, Personal Property Foreclosures, Garnishments, and Abandoned Motor Vehicles) are scheduled one hour apart due to reduced courtroom capacity and cleaning between hearings. Criminal warrant application hearings are scheduled one hour apart due to reduced courtroom capacity and cleaning between hearings. Masks are required to enter the court and will be provided by the Sheriff, if needed.

Dispossessory Writs of Possession outstanding on Friday, March 13, 2020 will be returned to the Sheriff for execution, beginning Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Writs of Possession ordered at hearing held in June and July 2020 will also be delivered to the Sheriff for execution beginning Wednesday, July 15, 2020

New filings: The Clerk will send Statement of Claims, Personal Property Foreclosures, and Garnishments to the Sheriff for service beginning Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The Clerk will send Dispossessory filings to the Sheriff for service beginning Friday, July 24, 2020.

Weddings are not being scheduled at this time.

You may call the Clerk between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 706 613 3310 ext. 5.

Duties
The mission of the Magistrate Court is to deliver justice to the citizens of Athens-Clarke County by ruling on disputed claims or approving mutual settlements in civil cases as well as serving as the court of entry into the criminal justice system. Jurisdiction for the Court is found in Georgia law at O.C.G.A. 15-10-2. Further information may be found online in the Georgia Code or at your local library and in the Uniform Rules of the Magistrate Court.

Divisions

Hearings

The Magistrate Court conducts hearings in the following cases:

  • First Appearance Hearings (Bond Hearings) every day during the week at the courthouse and at the Clarke County Jail on weekends and holidays.
  • Arraignments and probation violations in misdemeanor bad check cases.
  • Preliminary hearings.
  • Pre-warrant application hearings.
  • Dispossessory (eviction) cases.
  • Civil claims involving funds up to $15,000.00.
  • Garnishments.
  • Abandoned Motor Vehicles.
  • Personal Property Foreclosures.