Magistrate Court

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Jones County Magistrate Court website. We hope you find it helpful and informative.
Should you need additional information or assistance please contact us by calling (478) 986-5113 or by fax @ (478) 986-6536.

NOTICE:  Video Conference Proceeding during statewide Judicial Emergency

The Honorable Lewis J. Patterson will preside over Criminal Preliminary Hearings June 17, 2020, beginning at 9:30 A.M. This proceeding will be conducted completely by video conference using Zoom during the Statewide Judicial Emergency. To attend the proceeding, you must contact us prior to the start of the proceeding to be provided with the link. You may contact us at 478-986-5113 or by email at

Zoom may be accessed from most computers and mobile devices. The Magistrate Court will not be able to provide any technical support if you have any difficulties accessing, viewing, or hearing the proceeding. You will instead have to contact the service provider for assistance.


Civil– Statement of Claims (small claims up to $15,000), Dispossessory (evictions), Garnishments, Foreclosure of Personal Property, Abandoned Motor Vehicles, Interrogatories, and Marriage ceremonies.

Criminal– Arrest Warrants, Pre-warrant Applications, Deposit account fraud (bad checks), Committal Hearings, First Appearance hearings (held Mon, Wed, & Fri after 5 p.m. @ the Jones County Sheriff’s Office), and County ordinances.

Legal Advice:

If you plan to file a claim in the Magistrate Court or a claim has been filed against you, please be advised that neither the Judge nor the clerks can provide legal advice. Not only is it unethical and improper for the Judge or clerk to give either party legal advice, it is also illegal. If you have legal questions concerning your case, please consult the attorney of your choice.

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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