Magistrate Court - Jennifer E. Lewis, Chief Magistrate

The Magistrate Court is Georgia’s small claims court.  You can pursue a case in this court with or without an attorney.

The court has broad jurisdiction to try and dispose of most civil claims when the amount sought or the value of the property claimed does not exceed $15,000.00.

The court can also hear dispossessory, writ of possession for personal property and garnishment actions.

Magistrate judges may also issue criminal arrest and search warrants, try county ordinance violations and misdemeanor bad check cases, set bonds for individuals arrested on criminal charges and hold preliminary hearings.

COVID-19 Update

Operating Guidelines for the Magistrate Court of Camden County during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Judicial Emergency, effective July 23, 2020

In order to conduct in-person proceedings during the statewide judicial emergency, courts have been required to develop, implement and disseminate operating guidelines. Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton’s Fourth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency (PDF) issued on July 10, 2020 requires courts to utilize the "Georgia Court Reopening Guide" as a template for creating court operating guidelines. Accordingly, the Magistrate Court of Camden County enters the within Health & Safety Guidelines which shall be modified as public health guidance is modified and shall remain in effect until public health guidance indicates that they are no longer required.

The Court strongly encourages the usage of technology for conducting court business during the COVID-19 pandemic and judicial emergency. Court forms and general information can be located on the Camden County website at: https://www.camdencountyga.gov/73/Magistrate­ Court or the Council of Magistrate Court Judges website at: https://georgiamagistratecouncil.com. All forms can be printed out, signed, notarized and mailed to the Camden County Magistrate Court with the appropriate filing fee for processing.

Answers to common questions or case inquiries can be handled by contacting the court by phone at 912-576-5658. All correspondence and filings can be mailed directly to the court at P.O. Box 386, Woodbine, Georgia 31569.

Read the full Operating Guidelines for the Magistrate Court of Camden County during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Judicial Emergency, effective July 23, 2020 (PDF)

Learn more about Magistrate Court and "How to do business in Magistrate Court."

Magistrate Courts Free Forms Generator

This program is provided free by the Council of Magistrate Court Judges for the public to use and print forms. The program guides the user by questions and providing background information and definitions. At the end, the user may print off a form to take the Magistrate Court and file. If a county has E filing available, that option will be available at the end of the program. Users may incur a fee for using E filing rather than filing in person.

Magistrate Court Forms