The Jones County Magistrate Court provides service in the following areas:

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.

**Official Notice of Video Conference Proceedings during Statewide Judical Emergency**

The Honorable Lewis J. Patterson will preside over Civil/Criminal Hearings September 9, 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 jonesmagistrate@gmail.com.

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.


**Official Notice of Essential Court Functions**

Pursuant to an “order declaring judicial emergency”, signed by Georgia supreme court chief justice Harold D. Melton, magistrate court will only be conducting “essential” court functions, as described in the “order declaring judicial emergency.”  Click HERE to view Order declaring Judicial Emergency.

 

Civil filings: This court will accept new filings and answers including “statement of claims”, “dispossessories”, “foreclosures of personal property”, and “garnishments.” however, no hearings will be conducted unless there is an emergency situation. All deadlines and statute of limitations are currently suspended.

Marriage ceremonies:  No marriage ceremonies will be performed while the “judicial emergency” is in effect {March 14- April 14, 2020)

Initial appearance hearings (first appearance hearings): Initial appearance hearings will be conducted by “tele-conference”

Pre-warrant applications: Pre-warrant applications will be accepted. However, no hearings will be scheduled while the “judicial emergency” is in effect. (March 14- April 14, 2020)

Court dates: All court dates for jones county magistrate court that are currently scheduled are postponed until further notice. If you have any questions concerning these matters, please feel free to contact Magistrate Court at (478) 986-5113.

  • STATEMENT OF CLAIM: $97.00 (INCLUDES ONE SERVICE)(ADDITIONAL SERVICE $50.00 per defendant)
  • DISPOSSESSORY: $72.00 (INCLUDES ONE SERVICE)(ADDITIONAL SERVICE $25.00 per defendant)
  • GARNISHMENT: $97.00 (INCLUDES SERVICE OF GARNISHEE)
  • FORECLOSURE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY: $97.00 (ADDITIONAL SERVICE $50.00)
  • FIFA: $29.00
  • INTERROGATORS: Please contact the Clerk of Courts at (478) 986-5113
  • PRE-WARRANT APPLICATION FEE: $20.00
  • ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLES: $10.00
  • DEPOSIT ACCOUNT FRAUD: $20.00 PER CHECK
  • MARRIAGE CEREMONY: Marriage ceremonies are free of charge during the normal business hours of Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the exception of holidays.

    Please contact our office to schedule an off-site ceremony.

Click HERE for more information about the Crisis Line and Safe House.

Click HERE tor view the Landlord Tenant Handbook

Quick Contacts

Government Center – (478) 986-6405
District Attorney’s Office – (478) 986-3166
Public Defender’s Office – (478) 986-6185
State Probation – (478) 986-6611
Georgia Probation Mgmt. – (478) 986-0044
Superior Court – (478) 986-6671
Probate Court – (478) 986-6668
Sheriff’s Department-  (478) 986-3489
Municipal Court – (478) 986-5431
Gray Police Department – (478) 986-5554.

Filling Fees
  • STATEMENT OF CLAIM: $97.00 (INCLUDES ONE SERVICE)(ADDITIONAL SERVICE $50.00 per defendant)
  • DISPOSSESSORY: $72.00 (INCLUDES ONE SERVICE)(ADDITIONAL SERVICE $25.00 per defendant)
  • GARNISHMENT: $97.00 (INCLUDES SERVICE OF GARNISHEE)
  • FORECLOSURE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY: $97.00 (ADDITIONAL SERVICE $50.00)
  • FIFA: $29.00
  • INTERROGATORS: Please contact the Clerk of Courts at (478) 986-5113
  • PRE-WARRANT APPLICATION FEE: $20.00
  • ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLES: $10.00
  • DEPOSIT ACCOUNT FRAUD: $20.00 PER CHECK
  • MARRIAGE CEREMONY: Marriage ceremonies are free of charge during the normal business hours of Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the exception of holidays.

    Please contact our office to schedule an off-site ceremony.

Crisis Line and Safe House

Click HERE for more information about the Crisis Line and Safe House.

Landlord/Tenant Handbook

Click HERE tor view the Landlord Tenant Handbook

Quick Contacts
Quick Contacts

Government Center – (478) 986-6405
District Attorney’s Office – (478) 986-3166
Public Defender’s Office – (478) 986-6185
State Probation – (478) 986-6611
Georgia Probation Mgmt. – (478) 986-0044
Superior Court – (478) 986-6671
Probate Court – (478) 986-6668
Sheriff’s Department-  (478) 986-3489
Municipal Court – (478) 986-5431
Gray Police Department – (478) 986-5554.

Contact Us

JUDGE MIKE GREENE

Chief Magistrate Judge

JUDGE LEWIS J. PATTERSON

Magistrate Judge

JUDGE RICKY LYSTER

Magistrate Judge

P.O. Box 88
110 S. Jefferson Street
Gray, Georgia 31032
Phone: (478) 986-5113
Fax: (478) 986-6536
Mon.- Fri. 8am – 5pm
(open for lunch, closed for holidays)

Office Staff

Selena Scott,
Clerk of Court
Amanda Leslie,
Deputy Clerk

Magistrate Forms

Click Here to efile online