Magistrate Court

91 Albany Ave

P.O. Box 6

Danielsville, GA 30633

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8:00am - 5:00pm

Phone: 706-795-6375

Fax: 706-795-2222


Welcome and thank you for visiting the Madison County Magistrate Court Department.

This page is designed to provide information, procedure, and forms to aid in matters governed by Magistrate Court.

Our office is now accepting Visa & Mastercard payments and e-filing at

**Please be very careful when e-filing your case. Once cases are filed, they are Non-refundable. ***

***Madison Georgia is NOT Madison County!***

***You e-file your case to the county where the Defendant lives. ***

The Magistrate Court has Criminal and Civil Jurisdictions

  • The criminal responsibilities include issuing arrest warrants as well as good behavior bonds, conducting first appearance, bond, extradition, committal, and warrant applications hearing, presiding over and conducting trials for county ordinance violations and misdemeanor bad checks along with certain other misdemeanors as specified by statute.

  • The civil jurisdiction includes the trial and adjudication of civil claims of $15,000 or less, dispossessory (eviction) proceedings ($15,000 limitation does not apply to dispossessory action), garnishments and personal property foreclosures.

Staff & Contact Information

Chief Magistrate Judge - David Patton

Senior Assoc. Judge & Deputy Clerk -

Pepper Thompson

Phone: 706-795-6377


Assoc. Judge & Deputy Clerk -

Cheryl Gussler

Phone: 706-795-6374


Chief Magistrate Clerk -

Kelly Caldwell

Phone: 706-795-6376


Please be advised that it is illegal and improper for the clerks and/or the judge to dispense legal advise.

Should you need legal advise, please contact an attorney of your choice.

Court personnel must remain impartial by law, therefore we ask that you do not discuss your personal circumstances with the clerks. We are here to assist you with the proper filing procedure for your case.

2022 Fee Schedule (Includes Sheriff Service Fee)

  • Statement of Claim (one defendant) $104.00

  • Dispossessory (one defendant) $104.00

  • Garnishment $104.00

  • Foreclosure $104.00

  • Abandoned Vehicle $18.00 or $25.00(with lien holder)

  • Interrogatory $10.00

  • FiFa's $5.00 to Magistrate Court & $25.00 to Superior Court) Total of $30.00

  • Warrant Application (i.e.) Pre-Warrant $20.00

  • Bad Check/Deposit Account Fraud Warrant $20.00

  • Sheriff's Re-Service $50.00

  • **Each Additional Defendant $50.00

**"All Others" is considered an additional defendant**

Filing of cases and/or answers must be received by 4:30 pm or will be file stamped for the next business day.

Court Schedule

Second Tuesday of the Month - Misdemeanor Citation Hearings - 9:00 am

Third Tuesday of the Month - County Ordinance Violations - 9:00 am

Mediated Hearings are scheduled by ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) and are usually set for the last Thursday of each month.

Please contact their office for additional information . 706-613-3210.

Cancellations and Request for Continuance must be received no less than 24 hours prior to your court date.

Should you desire to speak to Judge Patton personally, we require you call and set up an appointment.

If you need help with traffic citations, please call Probate Court 706-795-6365

Information Sheets and Filing Forms

Abandoned Vehicles

Miscellaneous Forms

Pre-Warrant Application