Court Hearings & Arraignments
Court Hearings are held on Tuesdays and Thursday at 8:45 a.m. for Civil Cases and Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m. for Criminal Cases. You must give 24 hour notice if you are unable to attend court. Being absent from your court date will result in the Judge deliberating the case without you. If you have a lawyer representing you, please have them send us an Entry of Appearance. If you have any questions regarding your court dates please contact our office at 912-754-2124.
Court hearings are scheduled for those who are demanded by the officer or the courts to attend to plead their case. The officer will be in court to testify to the violation upon you. You will have a chance to speak on your behalf. If you are found guilty, the judge will set a fine for your violations and you must pay the fine in our office. Community Service is an option if you are unable to pay your fine.
Court arraignments are scheduled the 2nd Thursday of each month. When attending the arraignment you either plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty, the judge will set a fine for your violations and you must pay the fine in our office. Community Service is an option if you are unable to pay your fine.
Paying Fines Before Arraignments
To pay your fine before the arraignment, call our office at 912-754-2124 and one of the clerks will let you know the amount of your fine. You may also come into the Magistrate Court office and pay by cash, check, debit/credit card, or money order.
Proper court attire is required for court appearances. It is asked that no shorts, halter tops, or flip flops be worn inside of the courtroom. If you are not dressed properly, you will be asked to leave the court and return at a later date. This will delay your hearing and require you to appear in court more than once.
The use of cell phones are not allowed in the courtroom. Your cell phone and pager must be turned off before entering so that you do not disrupt the court. Children under the age of 10 are not permitted in the courtroom. No food or drinks are allowed.