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 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

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

Pre-warrant applications: Pre-warrant applications will be accepted.

  • STATEMENT OF CLAIM: $97.00 (includes one service, additional service is $50.00 per defendant)
  • DISPOSSESSORY: $72.00 (includes one service, addtional services is $25.00 per defendant)
  • GARNISHMENT: $97.00 (includes service of garnishee)
  • FORECLOSURE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY: $97.00 (additional services is $50.00)
  • FIFA: $29.00
  • INTERROGATORIES: Please contact the Clerk of Court at (478) 986-5113
  • PRE-WARRANT APPLICATION FEE: $20.00
  • ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLES: $25.00
  • DEPOSIT ACCOUNT FRAUD: $20.00 per check
  • MARRIAGE CEREMONY: Marriage ceremonies are free of charge during normal business hours of Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm 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

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

Filling Fees
  • STATEMENT OF CLAIM: $97.00 (includes one service, additional service is $50.00 per defendant)
  • DISPOSSESSORY: $72.00 (includes one service, addtional services is $25.00 per defendant)
  • GARNISHMENT: $97.00 (includes service of garnishee)
  • FORECLOSURE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY: $97.00 (additional services is $50.00)
  • FIFA: $29.00
  • INTERROGATORIES: Please contact the Clerk of Court at (478) 986-5113
  • PRE-WARRANT APPLICATION FEE: $20.00
  • ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLES: $25.00
  • DEPOSIT ACCOUNT FRAUD: $20.00 per check
  • MARRIAGE CEREMONY: Marriage ceremonies are free of charge during normal business hours of Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm 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

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

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 Coulliette,
Clerk of Court
Christa Rawlins,
Deputy Clerk

Magistrate Forms

Click Here to efile online