Magistrate Court

Mission Statement

The Magistrate Court has general civil jurisdiction over civil cases of up to $15,000, these cases may include personal injury cases, contract disputes, construction cases and other cases of a general nature. The Court also handles garnishments, dispossession actions, and writs of possession.

Criminal Jurisdiction

The Magistrate Court also has criminal jurisdiction over various State Law violations, such as:

  • Criminal Trespass
  • Deposit Account Fraud Cases
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Theft by Shoplifting
  • Underage Drinking
  • Various Ordinance Violations

Warrants for Violations

The Court issues warrants for violations of the criminal laws of the State, sets bonds on these offenses and conducts preliminary hearings as a Court of Inquiry.

Hearings

The Magistrate Court conducts hearings in the following cases:

  • Arraignments in misdemeanor bad check cases, state law violations, and county ordinance violations:
    • First and third Thursdays of each month at 9 a.m.
  • Civil claims, garnishments, contract disputes, and other cases up to $15,000:
    • First and third Fridays of each month at 9 a.m.
  • Criminal motions:
    • First and third Wednesdays of each month at 9 a.m.
  • Dispossessory/eviction hearings:
    • Every Thursday at 2 p.m.
  • First appearance hearings/bond hearings
    • Every day at the Laurens County Law Enforcement Center Courtroom
  • Pre-warrant application hearings
    • Every Thursday at 2 p.m.

Obtaining Documents

Obtain documents for filing without the assistance of an attorney. Once they are printed and completed, please bring them to the Clerk's office for filing.