Magistrate Court of Pike County
1. WITH THE RISE IN COVID-19 CASES IN PIKE COUNTY, WE ARE SOCIAL DISTANCING FOR YOUR SAFETY.
WE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEEDS AS QUICKLY, EFFICIENTLY AND SAFELY AS POSSIBLE UNDER THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES. WITH THE RISE IN CONFIRMED CASES WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSING OUR DOOR TO PUBLIC WALK-INS UNTIL JANUARY 14, 2021.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROCESS YOUR FILINGS AND HANDLE YOUR CASES. HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE PERSON IN THE OFFICE SO PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH US UNTIL WE ARE ABLE TO BE UP AND RUNNING FULL STAFF AGAIN.
2. STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS AND FILING DEADLINES WILL BE ADJUSTED ON FILINGS AND ANSWERS DEPOSITED IN THE US POSTAL SERVICE (with appropriate postage attached) OR IN THE MAGISTRATE COURT DROP BOX.
3. JUSTICE MELTON EXTENDS EMERGENCY JUDICIAL ORDER FOR THE 9TH TIME ON DECEMBER 23, 2020.
We are providing the following options to serve you:
- Online: You may file and pay online by visiting: http://www.efilegeorgia.com. Note that there is a $15.00 convenience fee for using this service. If you need assistance with online filing during normal business hours, please call (770) 567-2004.
- Mail or Drop Box: You may visit https://georgiamagistratecouncil.com/ to access forms and interview for drafting forms for filing. Once you have completed your form, you may print it, have it notarized (if you are asserting a claim), and either mail it to our mailing address of P.O. Box 466, Zebulon, GA 30295, drop it into our newly installed drop box on the northwest corner of the Courthouse (across from the Sheriff’s Office), or
- Public Law Library: If you do not have access to a computer, there is one for your use for legal matters on the 2nd floor of the Pike County Courthouse. Please bring and wear your own gloves and masks for your own safety. You may access our forms online in the Law Library, or take the form you need from the boxes to the right of the Magistrate Court Office door. From the Law Library, you may contact our clerk from the phone on the desk by dialing extension 207 with any questions you may have. There, you may print, copy, and/or scan your documents depending on your needs. Please note that you must still have your form notarized if you are filing a claim. Then, you may either mail your filing to our mailing address of P.O. Box 466, Zebulon, GA 30295, or drop it into our newly installed drop box on the northwest corner of the Courthouse (across from the Sheriff’s Office).
- In Person: Of course, you may wish to come in or have extenuating circumstances that make none of the above options feasible. We are here to serve! First call (770) 567-2004 and leave a message with your name, number, and message of how we can help you. The appropriate clerk will return your call as soon as possible. At this time we are not meeting with individuals in person for your safety. We hope to reopen our doors on January 14, 2021, and even if we must do so by appointment only. We do ask that you disclose if you have possible symptoms of any airborne contagious sickness or have been so exposed within the last three weeks, and highly recommend that you wear masks and gloves as we are in the business of working with, and in, the public.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Upon filing, your pleadings will be reviewed by a judge. You may be contacted for further screening and scheduling of your case. Until January 14, 2021, the Magistrate Court is only hearing what is deemed to be emergency matters. Emergency matters are defined as those that effect life and/or liberty. PLEASE LEAVE AMPLE CONTACT INFORMATION SO THAT WE MAY CONTACT YOU in multiple ways (phone, mail, text, fax, email) as soon as possible.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. However, please know that we are taking these measures to protect you, your loved ones, and our community from the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our clerks at (770) 567-2004.
Our office is available to help as best we can via the following methods:
Phone: (770) 567-2004
Fax: (770) 462-3319
Again, we appreciate your cooperation and flexibility during this time.
YOU MAY FILE ON-LINE AND PAY USING A CREDIT CARD BY CLICKING HERE:
Welcome to Pike County Georgia Magistrate Court, … also known as “The People’s Court.”
We hope you find this website helpful as we have attempted to create it with our citizens’ needs in mind. These pages are offered as a convenience to you; and you are still welcome to come by, call or email the Clerk if you prefer a more personal service instead of, or in addition to, the information available in or through this site.
Please also keep in mind that our American form of government provides that the laws are created by the people and for the people. This is as it should be; and as a result, the laws are subject to change with each legislative session as the people speak through our elected legislators. This is also why you will find that from time to time “the way we’ve always done it” is no longer “the way we do it.” This is especially true in this unfamiliar time of COVID-19.
We thank you for your voice, and your patience, as we try to keep pace with the changes while continuing to provide the “checks and balances” required of an independent judiciary in maintaining a balanced government by the people and for the people.
Marcia J. Callaway-Ingram, Chief Magistrate
AT YOUR SERVICE: Marcia Callaway-Ingram, Chief Magistrate Judge Callaway-Ingram has been Chief Magistrate of Pike County since June 1, 2010. She is a graduate of Pike County High School, Gordon College, Georgia State University (1988) and Georgia State College of Law (1991);became a member of the Georgia State Bar in 1991 and began practicing law with the Zebulon based law firm of Hendrix & Smith; served as the founding Director of the Griffin Circuit Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (now the 6th Judicial District ADR Program); has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Georgia Department of Human Resources; and managed a private general law practice prior to accepting the position as your Chief Magistrate. In addition to managing the judicial and administrative responsibilities of the Pike County Magistrate Court, your Chief Magistrate serves on the Pike County Child Abuse Protocol Committee, as a Director on the Board of the 6th Judicial District ADR Program, the Pike County Law Library Board, as the 6th Judicial District Representative on the Council of Magistrate Court Judges for the State of Georgia, and as a mentor for new Magistrates. Daphne C. Martin, Magistrate Judge Martin has served as a Pike County Magistrate since 2013, and began with this Court as Magistrate Clerk in 2011. Prior to joining us, Judge Martin has experience and on-the-job-training in various capacities in the legal field since 1983: as Judicial Assistant to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for over eight years, as paralegal for Atlanta law firms for over 16 years, as a Court Reporter, and as a legal secretary.
Carson Wynn, Clerk of Court
Clerk Wynn takes the lead as the Pike County Magistrate Court's Criminal Division Clerk, as well as primarily managing Garnishment filings and assisting with all other civil matters. Carson began with the Magistrate Court in 2016, though her service to Pike County has been a life-long endeavor. Carson enjoys her multi-generational family roots in Pike County, as well as branching out to examine both the old and new options of making our world a better place. She is a 2012 graduate of Pike County High School, a 2016 graduate of The University of Georgia, and a current student of Law at Georgia State University's College of Law. Along the way, Carson obtained a paralegal certification from the University of Georgia, served as a paralegal for a large Atlanta law firm, and served as Case Administrator for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She serves in the Pike County Optimist Club, as well as on the Pike County Family Connections team.
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CONTACT INFORMATION 16001 Barnesville Street P.O. Box 466 Zebulon, Georgia 30295 Phone: (770) 567-2004 UPDATED - Fax: (770) 462-3319 Regular Office Hours: Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed for lunch daily from Noon - 1:00 p.m. The Magistrate Court is now located in the Main Courthouse in downtown Zebulon, Georgia.
Holidays Observed & Office Closings 2021 January 1 & 18, April 2, May 31, July 5, September 6, November 11, 25 & 26, and December 24 & 27.