Magistrate Court

Magistrate Judicial Order concerning Coronavirus/COVID-19

 In an effort to best comply with: (1) Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order to Ensure a Safe & Healthy Georgia; (2) Paulding County Ordinance 20-03 (A Declaration of a State of Emergency arising because of COVID-19; an Ordinance taking immediate emergency measures); (3) City of Dallas Emergency Declaration Ordinance; and (4) Chief Justice Harold D. Melton’s Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency (Amended), the Magistrate Court of Paulding County will be taking the following actions to restrict access in it Clerk’s office.

 As of Monday, April 6, 2020, the Magistrate Court Clerk’s Office shall be closed to the public, except by appointment only. We will be reducing our staffing levels to comply with the social distancing requirements and to limit the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. We ask that all persons dealing with the court during this period have patience with clerk staff as the continue working to handle the business of the court under the exceptional circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Litigants that need to initiate cases or file pleading in ongoing cases will still be able to file those documents. The options available for filing any pleadings or documents with the court include: (1) mailing to the clerk’s office at 280 Constitution Blvd. Room 1109, Dallas, GA. 30132; (2) filing certain specified documents online by clicking on the Efile tab; (3) by dropping off the documents/pleadings at the security checkpoint at the courthouse entrance in the Magistrate Court drop box.

 If a person believes that it is necessary that they appear in person before clerk staff or a judge, the person may call the clerk’s office at (770) 443-7533 to determine whether an in person appointment is appropriate.

Welcome to the Paulding County Magistrate Court’s web site. One of the primary responsibilities of this court is to issue arrest warrants followed by the determination of probable cause in criminal cases. The Magistrate Court does not determine guilt or innocence except in county ordinance violations.

This web site has been designed to provide citizens with the most up-to-date and convenient information available regarding the processes and procedures utilized by Magistrate Court in handling issues involving abandoned motor vehicles, bad checks, garnishments, small claims and landlord/tenant.

Employees of the Magistrate Court of Paulding County, including Judges themselves, are prohibited by law from providing legal advice at any time during your contact with the Court. If you have questions about your legal rights, legal remedies available to you, or what legal documents to file, you must contact an attorney.