** For Immediate Release – COVID-19 and State Judicial Emergency on Rockdale County Magistrate Court Operations
The Magistrate Court was established in 1983 by state law. This Court is a trial court with limited jurisdiction for criminal and civil matters as follows: applications for and issuance of arrest and search warrants, first appearance, bond and probable cause hearings, bench trials in county ordinance, misdemeanor bad check cases, small claims and garnishment actions of $15,000 or less, dispossessory writs (evictions), distress warrants and abandoned motor vehicle liens. Weddings are performed by the Magistrate Court and require prescheduled appointments. No jury trials are held in this court. Civil appeals from this court are made to the Superior and State Courts. Criminal convictions entered in this Court are subject to Superior Court’s review by writ of certiorari.
To learn more about the processes and procedures utilized by Magistrate Court, review this site and view our Smart Justice Educational Program available on Rockdale County’s Vimeo Channel and Comcast Cable Channel 23 programming. If you need assistance completing a small claims or dispossessory claim or answer form, the Magistrate Court Judicial Council’s Magistrate Free Forms Generator is available for a guided experience that culminates into a completed, file ready and printable form that you can sign and file.