Walton County Government

Magistrate Court of Walton County

Welcome to the Official Website of the Magistrate Court of Walton County.  On behalf of the Magistrate Court and Staff, we hope you find this website both helpful and informative.  Our office is dedicated to the citizens who utilize this court to provide the most efficient and professional court system possible.  Hopefully, this site will answers many of the questions you may have concerning the Magistrate Court.

Update:  08-19-2013:  To view civil and criminal filings go to www.waltonmagistratecourt.com The Magistrate Court now accepts payment for civil and criminal proceedings through EZ Courtpay.  This is a service using credit card options that citizens can utilize to streamline the process.  This can only be used "in person" at the Magistrate Office.  Convenience fees will apply.  This is not an online service.  The Magistrate Court continues to explore new innovative ideas to assist in all processes to ensure a productive and user friendly court.

On Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, U.S. District Senior Judge Marvin Shoob declared Georgia’s post-Judgment garnishment statute unconstitutional in the case of Strickland v. Alexander.

PER THE NEW GARNISHMENT LAWS:

*EFFECTIVE 05-12-2016, THE NEW GARNISHMENT LAWS ARE IN EFFECT* PLEASE READ THE FAQ'S UNDER GARNISHMENT QUESTIONS.  FORMS HAVE BEEN UPDATED PER OUR MAGISTRATE COUNCIL.

PLEASE FILL OUT LEGIBLY.  DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED THAT ARE OUR OFFICE CANNOT READ WILL BE DENIED AND SENT BACK.

THANK YOU

 

O.C.G.A. 16-5-47 was amended this year and now requires that all government entities include a human trafficking notice on the homepage of their web sites. Below are relevant portions of the code section and a link to the GBI notice.

(a) (5.2) Government entities are defined as: "Government entity" means an office, agency, authority, department, commission, board, body, division, instrumentality, or institution of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the state government and any county, municipal corporation, or consolidated government within this state."

(c) The Georgia Bureau of Investigation shall develop a model notice that is available for download from its Internet website. Such notice shall be at least 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches in size and printed in a 16 point font in English, Spanish, and any other language deemed appropriate by the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Such model notice shall provide information giving individuals a method to contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline and the Statewide Georgia Hotline for Domestic Minor Trafficking.

(c.1) Every government entity shall, on the homepage of its website, provide an identified hyperlink to the model notice that is on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation website as provided for in subsection (c) of this Code section.


Here is a link to the GBI's notice: https://gbi.georgia.gov/ documents/human-trafficking- notice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Magistrate Judge, Mike Burke

History of the Magistrate Court

The Georgia Magistrate Court system was established by an Act of the Georgia Legislature, effective July 1, 1983.  This legislation created the court following the adoption of a new Georgia Constitution in 1982 which unified Georgia's Courts.  Previously, the Magistrate Court was better known as Justice Courts utilizing Justices of the Peace.  With the implementation of the magistrate court system, all small claims courts and justice of the peace courts in Georgia were abolished and the existing judges of those courts became magistrates.  All 159 counties are required to have a Chief Magistrate Judge assigned.  Cases heard in this court are scheduled quicker than many courts and will allow for an expedited conclusion.

Duties of the Magistrate Court

The Magistrate Court hears civil and criminal cases.  No jury trials are held in the Magistrate Court.  All appeals are transferred to the Superior Court.  It is the duty of the Magistrate Court to provide an accessible court system to a citizen who may not be that familiar with the judicial system of Georgia.  The process is much simpler, less complex and oftentimes quicker when it comes to having cases resolved than in other courts. In the Magistrate Court it is not mandatory that you have an attorney for the presentation or defense of your case.  Pro Se litigants (persons representing themselves) can present or defend their case, whether it be civil or criminal in nature.

If a matter you are involved in seems to necessitate an attorney, you are the person who has to make that decision.  No Magistrate Court personnel can provide legal advice in any manner to a person utilizing this Court.  The Magistrate Court will no longer schedule or conduct weddings in the office. With the increase in the duties required by law of the office and the fact that weddings are not required by law or compensated, our office is no longer able to provide this service.   We apologize for the inconvenience.  No Judge employed by the Walton County Magistrate Court will be conducting any marriage ceremony during business hours or after hours.

Magistrate Court Hours of Operation

Office Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Days of week: Monday thru Friday
Closed:  Saturday and Sunday (and observed Walton County Holidays)

Location: Walton County Government Building
303 South Hammond Drive  Suite 116 Monroe, Georgia 30655 (click for directions)

Main Number:  770-267-1349  (automated attendant)
Push #1 for General Information
Push #2 for Criminal Matters
Push #3 for Civil Matters

Fax Number:    770-266-1512

A Magistrate Judge is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Helpful Contact Information
Policy on Ensuring Effective Communications with Individuals with Disabilities
Administrative Office of the Courts

Criminal Cases

The Magistrate Court is responsible for the following criminal actions:  As of January 1, 2013, all criminal warrants will be issued using EZ Warrant.

The Magistrate Court is now providing online access to civil cases through the following website:  www.waltonmagistratecourt.com This will allow for viewing of criminal warrants issued through the Magistrate Court.

Forms FAQs Probation Services

 

WARRANTS Felony Warrants, Misdemeanor Warrants, Good Behavior Warrants, Search Warrants
HEARINGS Initial Appearance Hearings, Prewarrant Hearings, Preliminary Hearings
MISDEMEANOR CRIMINAL OFFENSES Deposit Account Fraud, Possession of marijuana less than (1)oz, Theft by Shoplifting, Furnishing alcohol to a minor, Criminal Trespass
COUNTY ORDINANCE/CODE VIOLATIONS All criminal offenses adopted under State statute in the Walton County Code of Ordinances.
ANIMAL CONTROL All criminal offenses adopted in the Walton County Code of Ordinances relating to Animal Control.


Law Enforcement Links:
Monroe Police Department
Walton County Sheriff's Department
Loganville Police Department
Social Circle Police Department

Civil Case

The Magistrate Court is responsible for the following civil actions:
The Magistrate Court is now providing online access to civil cases through the following website:  www.waltonmagistratecourt.com This will allow for viewing of the actual documents filed in with the Court, including, case filings, service of summons and answers.  Please access this website for information that my assist you in your case.

**Disregard any notations involving (MAG-) in FAQ(s).  Those references are for input purposes only.  Information contained in FAQ(s) are based upon Georgia Law and Statute & Procedure for the Magistrate Court. ** .

Forms FAQs Schedule of Fees

 

SMALL CLAIMS
Claims filed with monetary limit of $15,000
DISPOSSESSORY ACTIONS
Actions filed by a landlord to collect unpaid rent and/or possession of property
HEARINGS Hearings scheduled for small claims and dispossessory actions.


This court also handles: Garnishments, Traverse actions, Interrogatories, FiFa's, Abandoned Motor Vehicle actions, Personal Property Foreclosures.

Ez-filing.net

Ncourt.com

Magistrate Court Staff

Chief Magistrate Judge Mike Burke 770-267-1349
Associate Magistrate Judge Donna Parker 770-267-1349
Associate Magistrate Judge (part time) Kevin G. Morris 770-267-1349
Associate Magistrate Judge Tammy Burnette Criminal Division 770-267-1349
Deputy Clerk Tonya Nolan Civil Division 770-267-1349
Deputy Clerk Maggie Barton Civil Division 770-267-1349
Deputy Clerk Andrea Sargent Criminal Division 770-267-1349
Deputy Clerk Katy Gibson Civil Division 770-267-1349