Magistrate Court

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.

Chief Magistrate Judge

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


Jurisdiction for Magistrate Courts include:

Bonds and Jury Trials

Magistrates grant 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.

Legal Advice

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.