Magistrate Court

  1. Please see the following executed and filed order linked below extending our circuit-wide judicial emergency from Chief Superior Court Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin. This order will remain in effect until Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM, unless otherwise extended, rescinded, or superseded to comport with the statewide declaration.

    While the Hall and Dawson County courthouses both remain open at this time, you’re encouraged to conduct business over the phone and make an appointment before visiting. Please review our Hours of Operation and Contact Information. Prior to visiting either courthouse, however, please review the Order for Temporary Health Measures.

    Order Extending Judicial Emergency

    Friday, April 9, 2021

    Thirteenth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency (Melton)

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

    Order for Temporary Health Measures

    Friday, February 26, 2021

    Order Declaring Judicial Emergency

    Friday, September 18, 2020

    For additional information, please visit our website at

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield signed a declaration determining that the evictions of tenants could be detrimental to public health control measures to slow the spread of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

For more information on the order, please visit:

Federal Register Notice: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19

This Order is effective September 4, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

About the Court

The Magistrate Court conducts hearings and trials in criminal cases, civil actions, and ordinance violations for:

  • Clermont
  • Flowery Branch
  • Hall County
  • Lake Lanier Islands

The Magistrate Court also hears applications for arrest and search warrants. The court hears more than 18,000 civil and criminal matters annually.

Magistrate Court Forms & Fees

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Online Filing

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