Magistrate Court


HB 0081SupportHospital Authorities and Contractors Intercept Income Tax Returns to Pay Medical BillsTom McCall
3/1/2018Senate Read and ReferredWays and MeansFinance
2017/01/27-Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/2 ReportClerk of CourtDebra Nesbit
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsHealth and Human ServicesHospital AuthorityIndigent Health CareJuveniles
Magistrate CourtProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceState Court
Superior Court
This legislation allows health care facilties created, formed or operated on behalf of a hospital authority to intercept tax refunds to pay outstanding medical bills. 
HB 0126NeutralRestructure of Judicial Qualifications CommissionWendell Willard
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
Debra NesbitMagistrate CourtProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsState Court
Superior Court
This legislation changes the provisions governing the Judicial Qualifications Commission.
HB 0281NeutralGeorgia Tenant Victim Protection Act for Victims of Domestic ViolenceScott Holcomb
2/9/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
Clerk of CourtConstables/MarshalsDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysGeneral County Government
Health and Human ServicesJuvenilesLaw EnforcementMagistrate CourtOpen Records/Meetings Act
Probate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsSheriffSolicitorsState Court
Superior Court
This legislation allows victims of family violence, stalking, harrassment, and sexual assault to terminate their lease with limited penalties. 
HB 0300NeutralState Health Plan and Federal Qualified Health CentersGeoff Duncan
2/14/2017House Second ReadersHealth & Human Services
Clerk of CourtDistrict AttorneysFire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Insurance InsuranceJuvenilesLarry RamseyLaw Enforcement
Magistrate CourtPersonnel/EmploymentProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsRetirement
Revenue & FinanceSheriffSolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
Tax Commissioner
This legislation makes changes to the administration of the state employee health plan.
HB 0367NegotiatingPublic Employees Privacy ProtectionBrian Strickland
2/16/2017House Second ReadersJudiciary
2017/02/17-ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysEcon. Dev. & Transportation
Georgia Bureau of InvestigationJuvenilesLaw EnforcementMagistrate CourtMandate
Nat. Res. & the EnvironmentOpen Records/Meetings ActProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
SolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
This legislation allows certain public safety and judicial officials to execute a certificate of redacted information that requires counties to redact the home address and telephone number of the public safety or judicial official and their relatives from the county's website or other Internet access point within the county's control.
HB 0381SupportAbandoned Mobile Homes - Method for Removal John Corbett
5/1/2019Effective DateJudiciaryJudiciary
2017/02/17-Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/23 Report
Code EnforcementGeneral County GovernmentMagistrate CourtProgressing LegislationProperty Tax
Public Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTags/TitlesTax CommissionerTodd Edwards
This legislation establishes a process whereby private property owners can have abandoned mobile homes removed from their land.  Local governments may elect to provide a qualified "local agent" to make a determination, at the request of a property owner, whether a mobile home is abandoned, derelict or intact.  If deemed abandoned, the local government posts a notice, then the property owner notifies the last known mobile home owner (or posts a legal notice if no responsible party can be ascertained), which begins a process whereby the property owner can pay for the removal of the mobile home.  A hearing procedure is provided in magistrate court for aggrieved mobile home owners in this process.  Neither the local government nor the local agent shall bear any liability with respect to any lawful actions taken under this law.  Action: counties wishing to participate must first appoint a qualified local agent.    
HB 0453NeutralAdd Chief Magistrate Judge to County Law Library BoardDavid Dreyer
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciarySpecial Judiciary
Clerk of CourtDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysGeneral County GovernmentMagistrate Court
Probate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitorsSuperior Court
This legislation adds the chief magistrate court judge to the county law library board of trustees. 
HB 0457NeutralBrooks County; Magistrate Court chief judge; provide nonpartisan electionsAmy Carter
7/1/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
ElectionsGeneral County GovernmentLocal LegislationMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0566NeutralDecatur County; Magistrate Court; impose and collect county law library feesDarlene Taylor
6/2/2017Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Local LegislationMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
HB 0705NegotiatingIncrease Jurisdictional Limits of Civil Cases in Magistrate CourtTrey Kelley
2/8/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteJudiciary
2018/02/09 ReportDebra NesbitMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation increases the jurisdictional limit to $25,000 from $15,000 in certain civil cases in magistrate court.  The current filing fee in magistrate court is $22.00, this bill will increase that filing fee to $40.00 per case that is over $15,000.  This may result in an increase in the number of cases filed in magistrate court in lieu of filing in state court.
HB 0812EvaluatingAddition of the Magistrate Court to those Authorized to Collect Law Library FeeChad Nimmer
2/22/2018House Committee Favorably ReportedJudiciary
Debra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & Finance
This legislation clarifies the authorization of the magistrate courts to impose the law library fee of $5.00 per court.
HB 0865EvaluatingCrimes and offenses; possession of certain quantities of marijuana constitute a misdemeanor; provideMiriam Paris
2/12/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitFirearms/Carry LawsMagistrate CourtProbate Court
Public Safety and CourtsState Court
HB 0934NeutralThomas County; Magistrate Court chief judge; provide nonpartisan electionsDarlene Taylor
5/3/2018Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
ElectionsLocal LegislationMagistrate Court
HB 1035NeutralMuscogee County; Magistrate Court to impose and collect county law library fees; authorizeCalvin Smyre
6/7/2018Effective DateIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsLocal LegislationMagistrate Court
HR 1614EvaluatingLocal municipalities; continue bail reform efforts by adopting recommendations of the Judicial Council of Georgia's Ad Hoc Committee on Misdemeanor Bail Reform; recommendDoreen Carter
3/27/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitDistrict AttorneysMagistrate CourtProbate Court
Public Safety and CourtsSheriffSolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
Traffic Enforcement
SB 0073NeutralRecorder's Court of Chatham County; chief judge; revise the responsibilitiesBen Watson
2/24/2017House Second ReadersIntragovernmental CoordinationState and Local Governmental Operations
Local LegislationMagistrate CourtProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
SB 0094Evaluating"Bou Bou's Law"Vincent Fort
1/30/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitLaw EnforcementMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
State CourtSuperior Court
This legislation places restrictions on the issuance of no knock warrants.
SB 0105EvaluatingControlled Substances; possession of certain quantities of marijuana constitute a misdemeanor; provide; punishment; change provisionsHarold Jones
1/8/2018Senate RecommittedJudiciary
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitLaw EnforcementMagistrate CourtProbate Court
Public Safety and CourtsState Court
This legislation changes the jurisdiction of the state court, probate court and magistrate courts as related to possession of  marijuana.
SB 0154EvaluatingAdditional Penalties for Assault and Battery Against Public Safety Officer While on DutyGregory Kirk
3/27/2018House Passed/Adopted By SubstituteJudiciary Non-CivilPublic Safety
2017/02/17-ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitDistrict Attorneys
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesJuvenilesLaw Enforcement
Magistrate CourtProbate CourtProbationPublic Safety and CourtsSolicitors
State CourtSuperior CourtTraffic Enforcement
This legislation provides for tort liability for those who commit an offense of aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a public safety officer, as well as for the parents of any youth who commit the offense.  There is also an additional penalty assessed dedicated to the Georgia State Indemnification Fund.  The language from this legislation was added to SB 160 "Back the Badge".
SB 0160SupportBack the Badge ActTyler Harper
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilPublic Safety
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/17 - ReportClerk of CourtCorrectional Institutions/JailCriminal Procedure
Debra NesbitDistrict AttorneysEMS/AmbulanceFire ServicesHealth and Human Services
JuvenilesLaw EnforcementMagistrate CourtProbate CourtProbation
Public Safety and CourtsSheriffSolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
Traffic Enforcement
This legislation provides exclusive jurisdiction of 13 to 17 year olds who commit an offense of aggravated assault or aggravated battery against a public safety official.  This legislation includes HB 116, HB 258, and SB 154 which gives superior court full jurisdiction for juvenile cases involving aggravated assault, increasing sentences for assaulting a police officer, and additional penalties for those convicted of assaulting a public safety officer while on duty.
SB 0176NeutralCriminal Justice Reform, Required to Provide Notice Via First Class Mail or Postcard for Failure to Appear Prior to Issuing Bench WarrantJohn Kennedy
7/1/2017Effective DateJudiciary Non-CivilJudiciary
Correctional Institutions/JailCriminal ProcedureDebra NesbitEcon. Dev. & TransportationLaw Enforcement
Magistrate CourtProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsState CourtSuperior Court
Traffic Enforcement
This legislation enacts reforms related to driving privileges recommended by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform which include a requirement that courts provide notice via first class mail or post card to persons who fail to appear for a court date listed on a uniform traffic citation of another court date and the issuance of a bench warrant.
SB 0177Evaluating"Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2017"Joshua McKoon
2/15/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Coroners/Medical ExaminersCorrectional Institutions/JailDistrict AttorneysEcon. Dev. & TransportationElections
Firearms/Carry LawsFireworksGeneral County GovernmentGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationJuveniles
Law EnforcementMagistrate CourtParoleProbate CourtProbation
Public Safety and CourtsSheriffSolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
Todd EdwardsTransit
This legislation enacts the Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2017.
SB 0369NeutralRequirement for Jurisdictions to Deduct a $5.00 Fee from Pre-Trial Diversion Program Fees to Fund the Peace Officer Annuity and Benefit Fund.Gregory Kirk
5/8/2018Act 463Judiciary - Non-CivilPublic Safety
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/16 ReportClerk of Court
Criminal ProcedureDebra NesbitForfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsMagistrate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
This legislation creates a new fee to be assessed and collected from the fees charged for pre-trial programs to fund the Peace Officer's Annuity and Benefit Fund (POAB).  The legislation requires counties to remit $5.00 of the funds they collect from pre-trial participants to fund the diversion program to the POAB.
SB 0430NeutralConstitutional Office Salary Update in Statute Matt Brass
3/29/2018Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub As AmendedGovernmental AffairsState and Local Governmental Operations
2018/02/16 Report2018/02/23 Report2018/03/16 Report2018/03/2 ReportClerk of Court
CompensationDebra NesbitElectionsGeneral County GovernmentMagistrate Court
Probate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSheriffTax Commissioner

This legislation simply codifies the COLA's that have been awarded to constitutional officers and magistrate judges  since 2006. The mandatory pay raise was removed from the legislation.

To see what Georgia's constitutional officers currently make, by county, which includes COLA's, longevity increases and state and local supplements, please click here:  

Note that these figures do not include fees received as personal compensation in some cases (e.g. clerks' fees for processing U.S. passport applications, probates' vital records fees, and tax commissioners' fees for collecting city property taxes). 

SB 0452EvaluatingMandate for Law Enforcement to Notify Federal Authorities upon Arrest of Illegal AlienJesse Stone
3/27/2018House PostponedPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityJudiciary
2018/03/23 ReportAnimal ControlCode EnforcementCriminal ProcedureDebra Nesbit
General County GovernmentImmigrationMagistrate CourtProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
State CourtSuperior Court
This legislation requires that local law enforcement notify US Immigration and Customs Enforcement 72 hours prior to the release of any illegal immigrant from custody.
SR 0613EvaluatingEnglish is Georgia's Official Language David Shafer
1/24/2018Senate Read and ReferredRules
2018/01/26 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Law EnforcementMagistrate CourtPersonnel/EmploymentProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
Revenue & FinanceState CourtSuperior CourtTodd EdwardsTraffic Enforcement
In declaring English as Georgia's official language, this proposed Constitutional amendment, among other provisions, prohibits counties from adopting any law, ordinance, decree, program or policy using any other language for any official documents, regulations, orders, transactions, proceedings, meetings, programs or publications.  There are nine exceptions, particularly related to teaching English, public safety, crime victims and criminal defendants, and terms of art.  Any resident or anyone doing business in Georgia has standing to sue for injunctive relief for any violations of this provision.