Walker County Magistrate Court

Cindy Hollingsworth

Office Manager/Clerk

Susan Rains

Civil Clerk

Kimberly Stone

Criminal Clerk

Kela Spence

Magistrate Judge

Shelia Thompson

Chief Magistrate Judge

Jerry Day

Magistrate Judge
 
 

Covid-19 Information


Due to the spread of Covid-19, the Magistrate Court is temporarily closed. At this time, in-person filings will be accepted by appointment only. Please call 706-638-1217 for further updates and information or to make an appointment. Mail in filings are accepted and processed daily. Our mailing address is 102 Napier St. LaFayette, GA 30728. Judge Graham's order regarding hearings can be found on the Magistrate Forms page.

UPDATE: We are now open for in person filings and are holding in person hearings. Hearings have been scheduled throughout the day so that we only have one case with no more than ten people in the courtroom at one time. This allows time for us to disinfect the courtroom between each hearing. Upon arrival everyone must be screened at the front door by an officer, the screening will include a temperature check. Everyone must wear a face covering while in our office. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, or are uncomfortable with the in person hearings, we can schedule your case to be heard via video conferencing. Please call if you have further questions.

Welcome


Magistrate court jurisdiction includes: civil claims of $15,000 or less; certain minor criminal offenses; distress warrants and dispossessory writs; county ordinance violations; deposit account fraud (bad checks); preliminary hearings; and summonses, arrest and search warrants. A chief magistrate, who may be assisted by one or more magistrates, presides over each of Georgia’s 159 magistrate courts. Magistrates may grant bail in cases where the setting of bail is not exclusively reserved to a judge of another court. No jury trials are held in magistrate court. If a defendant submits a written request for a jury trial, cases may be removed to superior or state court. The chief magistrate of each county assigns cases, sets court sessions, appoints other magistrates (with the consent of the superior court judges) and sets policy for the magistrate court. The number of magistrates in addition to the chief is usually set by majority vote of the county’s superior court judges. Most chief magistrates are elected in partisan, countywide elections to four-year terms. The chief magistrate may be appointed, if so provided by local legislation. Terms for other magistrate judges run concurrently with that of the chief magistrate who appointed them.