Probate Court

***PLEASE NOTE: The Probate Court will be closed from 9:45am - 11:00am on Friday, November 16, 2018, due to the Walton County Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you. 


Mission

The mission of the Walton County Probate Court is to serve the citizens of this county by performing the unique constitutional duties, given to the Probate Court, that is compassionate, impartial, professional and fiscally responsible.

Responsibilities

Georgia Probate Courts exercise exclusive, original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, administration of estates, appointment of guardians (minor and adult) and involuntary hospitalization of incapacitated adults and other individuals.

All probate court judges administer oaths of office, issue marriage and firearms licenses; some process United States Passports applications. 

Hearings

They may hold habeas corpus hearings or preside over criminal preliminary hearings. Unless a jury trial is requested, probate court judges may also hear certain misdemeanors, traffic cases and violations of state game and fish laws in counties where there is no state court. 

Elections

When authorized by local statute, probate judges serve as election supervisors and make appointments to certain local public offices.

Learn more about probate courts on the Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia website.

Application Acceptance Times

  • No marriage applications will be accepted after 4:30 p.m. daily. Must arrive no later than 4:15 p.m.
  • No passport applications will be accepted after 3:30 p.m. daily. Must arrive no later than 3:15 p.m.
  • No weapons carry permit applications will be processed from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or after 4 p.m. daily. You must arrive before 11 a.m. and before 4 p.m. in order to apply.

Payment

Visa and Master Card are accepted, although a convenience fee will apply.

You pay your traffic citations online. To pay with your smart phone, visit EZ Pay and follow the instructions.

To pay by phone, please call 800-262-0128.