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Ivan Mote
Ivan Mote
Chief Magistrate
 
Bobby Blackwell  
Bobby Blackwell 
Magistrate
 
Magistrate Court
Ivan Mote, Chief Magistrate
Bobby Blackwell, Magistrate
Angie Wilson, Clerk of Magistrate Court


Welcome:
Welcome and thank you for visiting the Banks County Magistrate Court website. We hope you find it helpful and informative.
 
Should you need additional information or assistance please contact us by calling (706) 677-6270 or by fax at (706) 677-6215. However, please be advised that it is illegal and improper for the clerks and/or the judge to dispense legal advice. Should you need legal advice, please contact an attorney of your choice.

The Magistrate Court is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

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Services:
Jurisdiction:
The Magistrate Court has criminal and civil jurisdictions.The criminal jurisdiction responsibilities include issuing arrest and search 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 and misdemeanor bad checks along with certain other misdemeanors as specified by statute.

 • Small Claims/Civil Jurisdiction:
The civil jurisdiction responsibilities include the trial and adjudication of civil claims of $15,000 or less, dispossessory and distress proceedings ($15,000 limitation does not apply to dispossessory actions), garnishments and personal property foreclosures.

Magistrate Court Rules and Hearings Schedule
All hearings listed below are conducted at the Banks County Courthouse, 144 Yonah Homer Road, Homer, GA in the Magistrate Court unless otherwise specified. The hours and locations are subject to change due to holidays and specially set matters.
  • County Ordinance Violations and Warrant Applications are conducted on Tuesdays at 10:00am.
  • First Appearances are conducted as needed at the Banks County Courthouse or the Banks County Jail.
  • Civil Calendars are conducted on Thursdays at 10:00am.
  • Dispossessory Calendars are scheduled and conducted on any day which there is not a conflict with another calendar in order to meet time frames as provided by law.
Uniform Rules of the Magistrate Court
Holidays:
 
The Magistrate Court observes the following holidays: New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas.
 
  • Fees Schedule:
 
Type of Action
Filing Fee
CIVIL SUIT:  Includes (1) Sheriff's Service
$99.00
GARNISHMENT:  Includes (1) Sheriff's Service
$99.00
DISPOSSESSORY:  Includes (1) Sheriff's Service
$99.00
FORECLOSURE:  Includes (1) Sheriff's Service
$99.00
      Each additional Sheriff's Service
$50.00
ISSUANCE OF FIFA
$4.00
RECORD FIFA ON GED (Payable to Clerk of Superior Court)
$5.00
INTERROGATORIES:  JUDGMENT WITHIN THIS COURT
$10.00
INTERROGATORIES:  JUDGMENT WITHIN ANOTHER COURT
$99.00
WARRANT APPLICATION
$20.00
CERTIFIED COPIES
$1.50
COPIES
$0.10
APPEAL (Payable to Clerk of Superior Court)
$205.00
 

Forms:
Civil Forms:  
Bad Checks Action Forms:
 Foreclosure Action Forms:  
Garnishments Forms:
Dispossessory Action Forms:
Interrogatory Forms:
Other Forms:
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