Magistrate Court

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. 

Contact
Judy Clay
Clerk of Magistrate Court

Staff Directory

Athens-Clarke County Courthouse
325 E. Washington St., Suite 240
Athens, GA 30601

Phone: 706-613-3310
Fax: 706-613-3314

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.