L. Gale Buckner
Chief Magistrate Judge
121 N. Fourth Ave.
Ph: (706) 517-1400 ext. 4
Fx: (706) 695-7525
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Magistrate Court has criminal and civil jurisdictions.
The criminal jurisdiction responsibilities include:
- Issuing of search and arrest warrants as well as good behavior bonds
- Conducting first appearance, bond, extradition, committal, and warrant application hearings
- Presiding over and conducting trials for county ordinance violations, misdemeanor bad checks, criminal trespass, alcohol beverage violations involving persons under 21 years of age, shoplifting, and possession of marijuana less than one ounce
The civil jurisdictions responsibilities include:
- Presiding over trial and adjudication of civil claims for $15,000 or less, dispossessory, and distress warrant proceedings and garnishments