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Magistrate Court of Effingham County, State of Georgia


            The Magistrate Court of Effingham County supports the county's mission by providing for its 
            citizens fairness and efficiency by adjudicating all cases in a courteous and impartial forum 
            utilizing the uniform and coherent applications of the United States Constitution, Laws of the 
            State of Georgia and the ordinances set forth by this county.

           We welcome comments and suggestions, please email us 
Magistrate Court of Effingham 


       Chief Magistrate , Scott Lewis


Changes in Magistrate Court

50 U.S.C. appx 

§ 521; 

ALL Default Judgments 
 Dispossessory, Claims, Foreclosures and Trovers

The following must be provided to the courts at the time of requesting Default Judgment(s)
The Default Request and Certificate in Support can/will be
provided by Magistrate Court
Overview for Magistrate Court

The Chief Magistrate Judge of Effingham County is elected in a countywide election to a four-year term.

Jurisdiction for Magistrate Courts include small claims (under $15,000), minor and felony criminal offenses, dispossessory writs, warrants, good behavior warrants, bad check warrants, preliminary hearings, arrest and search warrants.

Magistrates grants bails in cases that are not reserved exclusively to a judge of another court.  Jury trials are not held in magistrate court.  If a defendant submits a written request for a jury trial, cases may be transferred to state or superior court.

Please be advised, if you plan to file a claim, the Judge nor the clerks are allowed to provide legal advice.  It is unethical, improper and illegal for the Judge or clerks to do so.  If you have legal questions or need legal advice you may contact an attorney of your choice.

Civil Cases

Criminal Cases


Forms for Magistrate Court


County Ordinances

Jurisdiction for the Court O.C.G.A. 15-10-2

Georgia Landlord and Tenant Handbook 

Senate Bill 255 - Georgia Garnishment Exemptions

Uniform Rules of the Magistrate Court

Verifying a Member of the Military

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940 (SSCRA)

Georgia Legal Aid Website

Court Hearings

Court Hearings are held on Tuesdays and Thursday at 8:45 am for Civil Cases and Wednesdays at 8:45 am 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.
Useful Information
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 allowed. 
On-Line Filing

File Your Claim On-Line
It's Convenient 
and Easy!

This Court Now Reports ALL
Judgments to the Credit Bureau

Per O.C.G.A. 9-13-50: All creditors who receive a judgment must notify this court upon payment of the entire debt
(within 60 days).  Must submit in writing:
 1) mark the judgment satisfied; 2) cancel the writ of FiFa.

FAILURE TO COMPLY may subject the judgment
creditor to monetary damages.

You may use forms provided by our office to
DISMISS or SATISFY said judgment.

If you have a judgment to dispute, currently on your credit report, you must DISPUTE it with the Credit Bureau.
Contact Information

Physical/ Mailing Address:
700 N. Pine Street, Suite 250
Springfield, GA  31329

Contact Information:
Office: 912-754-2124
Fax: 912-754-4893

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Staff Directory

Directions to Magistrate Court
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