Welcome to the Official Website of the Magistrate Court of Walton County. On behalf of the Magistrate Court and Staff, we hope you find this website both helpful and informative. Our office is dedicated to the citizens who utilize this court to provide the most efficient and professional court system possible. Hopefully, this site will answers many of the questions you may have concerning the Magistrate Court.
Update on Payments
As of August 19, 2013, to view civil and criminal filings go to Walton Magistrate Court. The Magistrate Court now accepts payment for civil and criminal proceedings through EZ Courtpay. This is a service using credit card options that citizens can utilize to streamline the process. This can only be used "in person" at the Magistrate Office. Convenience fees will apply. This is not an online service.
The Magistrate Court continues to explore new innovative ideas to assist in all processes to ensure a productive and user friendly court.
On Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, U.S District Senior Judge Marvin Shoob declared Georgia’s post-Judgment garnishment statute unconstitutional in the case of Strickland v. Alexander.
Update on Garnishment Laws
Per the new garnishment laws:
Effective May 12, 2016, the new garnishment laws are in effect please read the FAQs under garnishment questions forms have been updated per our magistrate council.
Please fill out legibly. Documents submitted that are our office cannot read will be denied and sent back.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
O.C.G.A. 16-5-47 was amended this year and now requires that all government entities include a human trafficking notice on the homepage of their websites. Below are relevant portions of the code section and a link to the GBI notice.
(a) (5.2) Government entities are defined as: "Government entity" means an office, agency, authority, department, commission, board, body, division, instrumentality, or institution of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the state government and any county, municipal corporation, or consolidated government within this state."
(c) The Georgia Bureau of Investigation shall develop a model notice that is available for download from its Internet website. Such notice shall be at least 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches in size and printed in a 16 point font in English, Spanish, and any other language deemed appropriate by the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Such model notice shall provide information giving individuals a method to contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline and the Statewide Georgia Hotline for Domestic Minor Trafficking.
(c.1) Every government entity shall, on the homepage of its website, provide an identified hyperlink to the model notice that is on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation website as provided for in subsection (c) of this Code section.
As of April 13th, 2018, our office will only be able to take in twelve Dispossessory Filings per entity or business each day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but is necessary to ensure the efficiency of the Court and the continued effort to provide the best Court possible. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Mike Burke, Chief Magistrate Judge of Walton County
*In addition, as of October 25th, 2018, this will include ALL CIVIL FILINGS*