The voters elect the Chief Magistrate of the Magistrate Court for four year terms. The Magistrate Court has criminal and civil jurisdictions. The criminal jurisdiction’s responsibilities include issuing arrest and search warrants as well as good behavior bonds, conducting first appearance, setting bonds, extradition, committal, and warrant application hearings, presiding over and conducting trials for county ordinance violations, misdemeanor bad check, criminal trespass, alcohol beverage violations involving persons under 21 years of age, shoplifting, and possession of marijuana less than one ounce. The civil jurisdiction’s responsibilities include the trial and adjudication of civil claims for $15,000 or less, dispossessory and distress warrant proceedings, abandoned motor vehicles, foreclosures, and garnishments.
Ricky Silvers, Magistrate Court Judge
Gordon County Courthouse, First Floor
100 South Wall Street
Calhoun, GA 30701
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm