Jones County Probate Court

Judge Mike Greene 
Jones Co. Probate Court
P.O. Box 1090
Gray, Georgia 31032
478-986-6668(phone)
478-986-1715 (fax)


Renee Story,
Civil Court Supervisor

Yoshanda Pitts,
Traffic Supervisor

Judy Gordy,
Vital Records Supervisor

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Official Public Notice to Notify

To all customers of the probate court, pursuant to the order declaring statewide judcial emergency signed by Chief Justice Melton on March 14, 2020, this court will only be conducting “essential” court functions during this time period.

Probate matters

This court will continue to accept all filings.  However, no hearings will be conducted unless it is an emergency situation.  All deadlines and statute of limitations are suspended. If you have an emergency please call 478-986-6668 to schedule an appointment.

Traffic

There will be no traffic court during the time of the judicial emergency.  All court dates have been changed and you should receive notice in the mail of your new court date.

Marriage license

This court will issue marriage licenses.  However, we ask that the parties limit the applications to weddings taking place during the time of the declared emergency (March 14 – April 14).  We ask that only the two applicants come into the office. *if it is absolutely necessary that you receive a marriage license at this time please call our office at 478-986-6668 to schedule an appointment.

Weapons carry license

This court will not be issuing any weapons carry license during the period of this statewide judicial emergency.if you are due to renew during the emergency period, your license will not expire.  You will be able to renew after the emergency ends and your current license will remain valid until that time.

We thank you for your patience in this unusual time. 

Official Public Notice to Notify Regarding Chief Justice Melton’s Statewide Judicial Emergency Order Effective March 14, 2020 Weapons Carry License Information Sheet

Probate courts across the state of Georgia will temporarily suspend acceptance of applications for Weapons Carry Licenses and Renewal Weapons Carry Licenses pursuant to an Order of the Supreme Court of Georgia declaring a Judicial Emergency. Click HERE to view the official CJ Melton Amended Statewide Judicial Emergency Order .

If you are due to renew during the Emergency period, your license will not expire. Chief Justice Melton’s Order essentially pushes “PAUSE” on all deadlines created by law or rule. Therefore, you will still be able to renew after the Emergency ends. Presently, that date is April 14, 2020. If that date is extended, further order will issue.

To give you a concrete example of how this will work, simply add 30 days to whatever your expiration or renewal deadline is. A license expiring March 18, 2020, will expire April 17, 2020. The renewal deadline will extend to May 17, 2020. We thank you for your patience in this unusual time.

If you have further questions, please call the court and we will be glad to help you.

Judge Mike Greene,
Jones County Probate Court
478-986-6668

The office of the Probate Court provides a variety of functions including but not limited to issuing marriage licenses, weapons carry licenses and fireworks display permits, maintaining vital records for Jones County, administering misdemeanor traffic court and probate procedures such as probate of wills, administrations and guardianships of minors and adults.  See below for more detailed information regarding these matters.  Please do not hesitate to contact our office if we can be of assistance.



TRAFFIC

Traffic Citations may be paid online with a debit or credit card at www.ezcourtpay.com, in the office with cash, money order or a cashier’s check, or you may mail a money order or cashier’s check to the office address at the top of this page.  NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Payment of traffic fines must be received in the office prior to the day of your arraignment in order to avoid a court appearance.  If you wait until the day of your scheduled arraignment, then you must appear in the court to pay your citation.  Should you desire to contest your citation and have your case heard before a judge or jury, you must personally appear at your arraignment.  Your hearing will be scheduled for a later date where the officer and witnesses, if any, will be subpoenaed to testify.

PROBATE

Probate Court has exclusive jurisdiction over the probate of wills, administration of estates, temporary guardianship of minor wards, permanent guardianship and conservatorship over minor and adult wards, and applications for year’s support awards.  There are filing fees associated with all petitions and these fees are due upon filing.  Once you have filed your pleadings and paid the filing fees, you will be scheduled a time to appear before the Judge and have your petition heard as all matters are handled by appointment only.  Forms for these procedures and additional information are available in the office or online at www.gaprobate.gov.

VITAL RECORDS

Jones County Probate Court is the custodian of vital records for Jones County. You may obtain certified copies of birth and death certificates for a fee of $25.00 for the first copy, and $5.00 for each additional copy obtained at the same time for the same person.  Georgia law dictates what familial relations may obtain a birth certificate for another person.  Those relations are parent, child, spouse, grandparent and sibling.  Please contact our office for further information regarding vital records, paternity acknowledgements, legitimations, amendments and corrections, and delayed birth certificates.  As of November 2007, local custodians for vital records now have access to birth and death certificates for the entire state of Georgia and may issue certified copies for other counties.
Vital Records Request Form

 

GEORGIA FIREARMS LICENSES

The Probate Court issues firearms licenses, also known as “Georgia Weapons Carry License” as governed by O.C.G.A.§16-11-126 through 134. Applicants are encouraged to read the applicable law prior to making application to ensure a better understanding of your rights and responsibilities. You may obtain a copy of the applicable law in the office. Applications will be accepted on normal business days between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. You must be a Jones County resident and provide a valid photo ID which reflects your physical Jones County address. The fee for application and fingerprint processing is $71.00 ($30.00 for RENEWALS if you already have a valid Georgia issued weapons carry license) and you may pay by cash, money order, credit/debit card or certified check payable to the Probate Court. There is a service charge to pay with a credit/debit card. Processing time varies based upon volume of applicants. The license is valid for five (5) years, at which time you must reapply for a new license. Be aware that prior convictions for certain offenses will disqualify you from obtaining a firearms license. Some of those offenses include convictions arising out of domestic violence, weapons violations and drug related offenses, if you’ve not been free from supervision for at least five (5) years.  

SAVE PROCESSING TIME BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW to complete your Weapons Carry License application.  You will receive a confirmation number upon completion which you will need to bring with you to the Probate Court office within two (2) weeks of completing the application, along with the application fee of $71.00 ($30.00 for RENEWALS if you already have a valid Georgia issued weapons carry license) and a current Georgia issued photo ID that reflects your Jones County address.  You will then be photographed, fingerprinted and the application process completed at that time and, if approved, you will receive your license in the mail within 2-3 weeks.

Click here for Weapons Carry License Application

MARRIAGE LICENSES

The cost for a marriage license is $76.00 payable by cash, money order, credit/debit card or certified check payable to the Probate Court. There is a service charge to pay with a credit/debit card. If you have had at least 6 hours of marriage counseling, you may receive a license at the reduced fee of $36.00. In order to receive the reduced fee, you must provide a certificate provided by the Probate Court and completed by the counselor. Marriage License Applications will be accepted on normal business days between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Each applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years old and must provide a valid photo ID and a copy of your divorce decree if you have ever been divorced. If you do not have a photo ID, then you must provide at least two (2) of the following forms of identification that contain your full name and date of birth: certified birth certificate, foreign birth certificate with a certified English translation, court record, hospital admission card, selective service card, armed forces discharge papers, INS issued immigration, citizenship or alien papers, baptismal certificate or sworn affidavit by applicant attested to by two (2) people with valid photo identification.

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2019: All applicants 17 years of age must be lawfully emancipated and provide proof of the emancipation to obtain a marriage license, and anyone entering into a marriage with a 17 year old cannot be more than four (4) years older. NO EXCEPTIONS. No person under the age of 17 years may obtain a marriage license in the state of Georgia under any circumstances. NO EXCEPTIONS.

SAVE WAIT TIME BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW to complete your MARRIAGE LICENSE application. You will receive a confirmation number upon completion which you will need to bring with you to the Probate Court office within two (2) weeks of completing the application, along with the application fee of $76.00 and a valid photo ID. The application process will be completed at that time and you will receive your marriage license.

Click here for Marriage License Application

Guardianships

Guardianship of Incapacitated Adults

This guardianship proceeding is filed when it is believed that an individual is unable to care for his or her personal needs and/or property. Such a case is usually initiated by the next of kin. A guardian may be appointed to care for the personal needs. A conservator may be needed to help make financial decisions and take care of financial issues. The individual may need both a guardian and a conservator. You can obtain standardized forms for this proceeding in the probate court and online at www.gaprobate.gov at the Georgia Probate Court Online System.

Under certain circumstances a petitioner may file for an emergency guardianship/conservatorship . The Petitioner must present sufficient facts to support the claim for the need for the appointment of an emergency guardian and/or conservator.

Guardians of Minors

A permanent guardianship may be needed for a minor with no natural or testamentary guardian. Parents are the natural guardians of their children. Guardianships of minors may be needed due to death or disability of a parent. Often a temporary guardianship of a minor child will be granted so that the child lives with a relative or family friend for a period of time. Most temporary guardianships are granted with parental consent.

Conservatorship of Minors

Another guardianship proceeding, the Petition for Conservatorship of a minor is filed in the probate court. Such a case is filed when a minor receives property valued at more than $15,000.00.

Annual Returns and Status Reports

These reports are filed by the guardians and conservators of both minors and incapacitated adults. Most reports are filed annually. Forms for filing petitions, annual returns, and status reports are available in the probate court and online at www.gaprobate.org at the Georgia Probate Court Online System.

Contact Us

Jones County, Georgia
P.O. Box 1359
Gray, Georgia 31032-1359
Office: (478) 986-6405
Fax: (478) 986-6462

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