|Chief Magistrate Judge:||Genie Miller|
|Mailing Address:||Courthouse Annex
201 Freeman Street, Suite 7
Claxton, Georgia 30417
|Office Hours:||8:00am - 5:00pm (M-F)|
The Magistrate Court is a limited jurisdiction court that handles civil and criminal cases. The jurisdictional limit for civil cases is $15,000.00 or less. The court handles filings for civil claims, dispossessory proceedings, garnishments, writs of possession, foreclosures, abandoned motor vehicles cases, county ordinance violations, deposit account fraud cases and applications for arrest warrants. The Magistrate Court also issues warrants for misdemeanor and felony arrest warrants.
The Court conducts bond hearings, first appearance hearings, applications for arrest warrants and also conducts other hearings for any contested proceeding which falls within the jurisdiction of the Court. First Appearance and Bond hearings are open to the public. Check with Sheriff Dispatcher for the date and time of the hearing if you wish to attend.
The Court accepts filings for civil claims that do not exceed $15,000.00 dollars; accepts filing for garnishment proceedings and dispossessory cases that are within the jurisdiction of the Court. The Magistrate Court of Evans County:
- Handles the filing of Affidavits of Foreclosure (this is an action filed by a plaintiff in order to obtain a Writ of Possession for property that is subject to a security agreement).
- Accepts the filing of Abandoned Motor Vehicle claims (This action is filed when a person who is storing a vehicle that is abandoned and wishes to obtain an Order of Foreclosure so that the vehicle may be sold).
- Handles all county ordinance violations involving unlawful dumping and littering violations, beer and wine violations and mobile home violations.
Filing Fees for the Evans County Magistrate Court
|EVICTION / DISPOSSESSORY||$83.00|
|WRIT / FORECLOSURE||$83.00|
|CIVIL CLAIM TO OPEN DEFAULT||$83.00|
|RE-SERVICE OF A CASE||$35.00|
|INTERROGATORY (only within the Magistrate Court)||$10.00|
|INTERROGATORIES (all other courts)||$83.00|
|ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLES||$10.00|
|FI FA (check made payable to Magistrate Court)||$4.00|
|FI FA (check made payable to Evans Superior Court)||$5.00|
|FI FA (satisfaction or cancellation)||$7.00|
|TO APPLY FOR A WARRANT APPLICATION||$20.00|
|BAD CHECK WARRANT||$20.00|
|GOOD BEHAVIOR WARRANT||$12.00|
|DROP FELONY WARRANT||$125.00|
|DROP MISDEMEANOR WARRANT||$62.50|
|APPEAL OF CASE TO STATE OF SUPERIOR COURT||$207.00|
IMPORTANT: DO NOT DISCUSS YOUR CASE WITH THE JUDGE PRIOR TO OR AT THE TIME OF FILING AS THIS IS IMPROPER AND A VIOLATION OF THE JUDICIAL CODE OF CONDUCT. IT WILL ALSO REMOVE THAT JUDGE FROM HEARING YOUR CASE. PLEASE DO NOT ASK THE CLERKS OR THE JUDGE FOR LEGAL ADVICE AS WE CANNOT PROVIDE YOU WITH LEGAL ADVICE–YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR ATTORNEY FOR LEGAL ADVICE. IF YOU DESIRE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE USAGE OF THE MAGISTRATE COURT PLEASE REFER TO O.C.G.A. 15-10-1 THROUGH 15-10-263 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.