Magistrate Court

 

Upson County Magistrate Court

305 S. Hightower Street, Suite D120

PO Drawer 890

Thomaston, GA 30286

Phone (706)647-6891

Contact: Danny Bentley

email: dbentley@upsoncountyga.org

 

Danny Bentley
Danny Bentley-Chief Magistrate Judge
William Hughley-Asst. Magistrate Judge
Jan Streetman-Senior Clerk
Gloria Taylor-Clerk

 

The Magistrate Court was created by legislation in 1982.  Prior to then there were Small Claims Courts with Justices of the Peace presiding.  Each county within the State of Georgia has a Magistrate Court.  Each court has a Chief Magistrate that is elected by the citizens of the county.  Many Magistrate Courts have at least one, if not more, judges or Magistrates who are associates and serve in the same judicial capacity and handle related casework.

 

The Civil Jurisdiction

The Magistrate Court's Civil jurisdiction is now $15,000.00.  This became effective July 1, 1999 by legislation through the General Assembly.  On Landlord/Tenant and rental disputes there is no monetary limit, this court has an exclusive right over these cases.

 

The Criminal Aspect

The Magistrate Court Judges must approve all criminal warrants issued within Upson County.  Law enforcement personnel generally secure the criminal warrant in the majority of criminal cases within the City of Thomaston and Upson County.  Citizens are lawfully permitted to secure their own arrest warrants, however, the court prefers some form of law enforcement involvement