Court Information

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MAGISTRATE COURT DURING THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATE OF EMERGENCY

  • The Court will strictly enforce social distancing and a mask covering your mouth and nose is required.
  • The office will be closed from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. to allow for cleaning of the lobby and other public spaces.
  • Only one person will be allowed in the lobby at a time. Except for court appearances, visitors to the Magistrate Court should not bring anyone else with them unless he or she needs physical assistance or an interpreter.  
  • The Court strongly encourages payment by money orders or credit/debit cards which carry a processing fee. The Court will continue its practice of accepting checks in limited matters. 
  • Self-represented litigants and attorneys are strongly encouraged to file petitions, motions, etc. by mail unless the matter is of an emergent nature. There will be a drop box for those who wish to file in person.
  • Petitioner’s in dispossessory proceedings should educate themselves about how the federal CARES Act may affect the ability to proceed with an eviction at this time. The required affidavit can be found below.

CARES Act Affidavit

The Newton County Magistrate Court's jurisdiction covers the following:

  • Civil Claims up to $15,000
  • Dispossessories (Landlord/Tenant)
  • Garnishments
  • Foreclosures
  • Issuance of Criminal Arrest Warrants
  • Commitment Hearings
  • Prosecution of Misdemeanor Deposit Account Fraud (Bad Checks)
  • Prosecution of County Ordinance Violations

 


Contact Us

Magistrate Court of Newton County
1132 Usher Street, Room 149
Covington, Georgia 30014

Phone: 770.784.2050
Fax: 770.784.2145

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.