Going to Magistrate Court in Valdosta, Georgia? Here’s what you need to know.

Going to Magistrate Court in Valdosta, Georgia? Here’s what you need to know.

Sabaa Sharma
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The Magistrate Court in Valdosta, Georgia is where you can handle legal issues related to:

 

Civil Matters

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

 

Criminal Matters

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

 

When to show up:

  • As of March 25, 2020 the Magistrate Court will be open for business by appointment only until further notice. 
  • The court is accepting Statement of Claims and Dispossessorys via e-filing as alternate means of filing. 
  • You may schedule an appointment at 229-671-2610.

 

Important tips:

  • The Coronavirus crisis has drastically altered court hours and cases.
  • The Court will begin hearing cases that are allowed under the latest Judicial State of Emergency Order signed by Justice Harold Melton on May 11, 2020. 
  • If you feel sick, are running a fever, or if you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, please do not come to the courthouse. Contact the court by calling 229-671-2610 and request continuance.
  • Everyone will be asked a series of questions regarding their health prior to entering the courtroom. Please allow extra time for this to be completed. 
  • Participants are encouraged to only bring those persons necessary to conduct any court proceedings.
  • All parties and witnesses shall wear masks while in the courtroom. 
  • Only one case will be schedule and heard per time period.
  • You will pass through a metal detector upon entry.
  • You will need to pay fees associated with your appearance. You can find them here.
  • You can always hire an attorney, even for landlord/tenant issues or traffic offenses. Court Buddy can help you find an affordable lawyer. 

 

Their address is: 

327 N. Ashley St.

2nd Floor

Valdosta, GA 31601

 

Their phone number is:

(229) 671-2610

 

Their hours are:

8 AM – 5 PM

Monday through Friday

 

 

This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.

 

 
Sabaa Sharma

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