Magistrate Court

The jurisdiction of Magistrate Court includes civil claims of $15,000 or less, certain minor criminal offenses, dispossessory writs, county ordinance violations, preliminary hearings, and arrest & search warrants. Magistrate Court 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 moved to the Superior Court.

FANNIN COUNTY

Chief Magistrate Judge Brian Jones
400 West Main Street, Suite 202
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706-632-5558 phone
706-632-8236 fax
Website:  Magistrate Court in Fannin County

GILMER COUNTY

Chief Magistrate Judge Roger Kincaid
53 Sand Street
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-635-2515 phone
706-635-7756 fax
Website: Magistrate Court in Gilmer County

PICKENS COUNTY

Chief Magistrate Judge Alan Morris
50 North Main Street, Suite 105
Jasper, GA 30143
706-253-8747 phone
706-253-8750 fax
Website: Magistrate Court in Pickens County

Probate Court

Probate Court exercises exclusive, original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, administration of estates, the appointment of guardians, and involuntary hospitalization of incapacitated adults and other dependent individuals. All Probate Court judges administer oaths of office and issue marriage licenses. In the Appalachian Circuit, the Probate Court also hears traffic cases and certain misdemeanors when no jury trial is requested.

FANNIN COUNTY

Probate Judge Scott Kiker
400 West Main Street, Suite 204
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706-632-3011 phone
706-632-7167 fax
Website: Probate Court in Fannin County

GILMER COUNTY

Probate Judge Scott Chastain
51 Sand Street
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-635-4763 phone
706-635-4761 fax
Website: Probate Court in Gilmer County

PICKENS COUNTY

Probate Judge David Lindsey
50 North Main Street, Suite 203
Jasper, GA 30143
706-253-8757 phone
706-253-8910 fax
Website: Probate Court in Pickens County