The Magistrate Court is a limited jurisdiction court of Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction that was constitutionally created in 1983. The jurisdiction is found in O.C.G.A. 15-10-2, Georgia Code, and the Uniform Rules of the Magistrate Court. The Courts purpose, mission and goal is to provide the citizens of Morgan County a high degree of judicial professionalism by providing a systematic, efficient and accurate court system, where all citizens and litigants of the county can expect a fair and impartial treatment with all aspects of the court and in a timely manner.
The Civil jurisdiction includes the trial and adjudication of civil disputes of $15,000 or less. These cases consist of civil suits, garnishments, evictions (landlord tenant), and foreclosures of personal property/ rental property, Post-Judgment Interrogatories and abandonment of motor vehicles. The Magistrate Court does not hold jury trials and is not a court of record.
The Criminal Jurisdiction includes issuing arrest warrant and search warrants, good behavior warrants/bonds, conducts pre-warrant hearings, first appearance hearings, bond hearings and preliminary hearings. The Court presides over and conducts trials for county ordinance violations, animal control violations and misdemeanors. The misdemeanor violations consists of bad check/deposit account fraud, criminal trespass, alcohol beverage violations involving persons under the age of 21, shoplifting and possession of marijuana less than an ounce.