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Magistrate Court/Civil Division
601 Mulberry Street, Room 101 Courthouse
Macon, Georgia 31201

P: (478) 621-6495

F: (478) 621-5861

 

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Civil Court Judge and Chief Magistrate William C. Randall was born (October 14, 1943) and raised in Macon, Georgia. After attending school at Williams Elementary and Appling High School, Judge Randall went on the receive a Bachelor of Arts at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and a degree in Law (J.D.) at Emory University School of Law. After Graduation for law school, Judge Randall was awarded a Earl Warren Fellowship. These fellowships are awarded each year to 15-20 new students whose community involvement activities and leadership qualities demonstrate outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys.

Judge Randall was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1974 and served from 1975 to 1999. During his 24 years in the legislature, Judge Randall earned many recognitions, including the Outstanding Legislative Award in 1976 from the Concerned Citizens League of Macon, the Georgia Hospital Association Legislative Award in 1978; the Outstanding Legislative Award from the Afro-American Law Enforcement League of Macon in 1980 and the Outstanding Legislative Award from the Bibb Association of Educators in 1986.

In 1995, he was named Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Home Health Association, and in 1996 he received the same award from the Georgia Public Health Association, Inc. and once again in 1997 he received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Georgia Association for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse. He also received the Leader in Women’s Health Award in 1997 from the Women Legislator’s Lobby and Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories and in 1999 the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to him by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Inc. In 1999, he was appointed Chief Judge of the Civil and Magistrate Courts of Bibb County by Governor Roy Barnes and he presently serves in that position. He also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Magistrate Judges Council.

His professional affiliations include memberships in the Macon Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, The National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Judicial Association. In addition, Judge Randall is a member of the Prince Hall Masons, the Elks and NAACP.

Judge Randall practices his faith as a member of the Beulahland Bible Church. He is the son of the late William P. and Lillian Randall. Judge Randall and his wife, Lauretta, reside in Macon and have five children and 11 grandchildren.

ALL COSTS ARE TO BE PAID IN ADVANCE    JURISDICTION $15,000.00

O.C.G.A. TITLE 15, CHAPTER 23
EFFECTIVE:  APRIL 01, 2013

Pursuant to the authority granted in Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia, the following costs will be collected by the Clerk of the Magistrate Court of Bibb County.

COMPLAINT COST

$101.00   —– Filing & Docketing (one service fee included)
50.00   —– Sheriff’s Service Fee
8.00   —– Each additional Defendant plus service fee

DISPOSSESSORY & FORECLOSURE COST

$76.00   —– Filing & Docketing (one service fee included)
25.00   —– Sheriff’s Service Fee
8.00   —– Each additional Defendant plus service fee
25.00   —– Judgment and Writ of Possession for Dispossessory
50.00   —– Judgment and Writ for Levy on Foreclosure

*If Sheriff goes out and numbers are not posted, there is an additional service fee.  Judgment and Writ of Possession cost is NON-REFUNDABLE.

GARNISHMENT COST

$104.00   —– Filing & Docketing (one service fee included)
111.00   —– Filing & Docketing of Foreign Judgment or any case needing a new case number (service fee included)
50.00   —– Sheriff’s Service Fee
8.00   —– Additional Summons plus $6.00 service fee

MISCELLANEOUS

8.00   —– Second Originals or Extrra Summons (per summons)
10.00   —– Interrogatories
97.00   —– Foreign Interrogatories
6.00   —– Alias Fi. Fa.
15.00   —– Subpoena w/sheriff service
5.00   —– Subpoena in blank
50.00   —– Levy
20.00   —– Nulla Bona
33.00   —– Default against Garnishee
5.00   —– Satisfy Judgment
50.00   —– Sheriff’s Service Fee
19.50   —– Abandoned Motor Vehicle Lien
15.00   —– Exemplification
39.00   —– Domesticating a Judgment (plus cost of action being filed)

Civil Court of Bibb County

ALL COSTS ARE TO BE PAID IN ADVANCE    JURISDICTION $25,000.00

HB 1055, JURISDICTION $25,000.00
EFFECTIVE:  APRIL 01, 2013

Pursuant to the authority granted in Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia, the following costs will be collected by the Clerk of the Civil Court of Bibb County.

COMPLAINT COST

$201.00   —– Filing & Docketing (one service fee included)
50.00   —– Sheriff’s Service Fee
8.00   —– Each additional Defendant plus service fee

DISPOSSESSORY & FORECLOSURE COST

$176.00   —– Filing & Docketing (one service fee included)
25.00   —– Sheriff’s Service Fee
8.00   —– Each additional Defendant plus service fee
25.00   —– Judgment and Writ of Possession

*If Sheriff goes out and numbers are not posted, there is an additional service.  Judgment and Writ of Possession cost is NON-REFUNDABLE.

GARNISHMENT COST

$190.00   —– Filing & Docketing (one service fee included)
201.00   —– Filing & Docketing of Foreign Judgment or any case needing a new case number (service fee included)
50.00   —– Sheriff’s Service Fee
8.00   —– Additional Summons plus $6.00 sheriff’s service fee

MISCELLANEOUS

$8.00   —– Extra Summons
8.00   —– Second Originals (per summons)
6.00   —– Alias Fi. Fa.
15.00   —– Subpoena w/sheriff service
5.00   —– Subpoena in blank
50.00   —– Levy
20.00   —– Nulla Bona
33.00   —– Default against Garnishee
5.00   —– Satisfy Judgment
50.00   —– Sheriff’s Service Fee
15.00   —– Exemplification
40.00   —– Domesticate Judgment plus cost of action being filed
2.00   —– Affidavit signed by Judge
2.00   —– Jury Verdict
20.00   —– Sheriff Attending Court (ea day)
50.00   —– Transfer

Filiing A Dipossessory


INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING A DEPOSSESSORY IN MACON-BIBB COUNTY

REVISED APRIL 01, 2013


1.         The Magistrate Court of Bibb County does not accept PERSONAL CHECKS.

2.         An individual cannot act as an agent for another individual unless a POWER OF ATTORNEY is presented at the time of filing.

3.         The cost for filing a dispossessory is $77.00 for one defendant and $109.00 for two. A charge of $33.00 is added for each additional defendant.

4.         In order to file a dispossessory you will need a LEGAL SIZE (#10) ENVELOPE, STAMPED and addressed to the defendant with your return address on it (one for each defendant).  You must furnish a COMPLETE ADDRESS (such as house/street number and apartment number.

5.         In order for the Sheriff’s Department to serve a dispossessory the building must be MARKED (such as 1234 State Street, Apt. 1-A).  HOUSE NUMBERS AND APARTMENT NUMBERS MUST BE CLEARLY POSTED ON THE BUILDING.

6.         You cannot include any charges into the principal amount except that which is rent owed.  If there are any additional charges (such as late fees, utilities, etc…) owed they must be broken down separately.

7.         The dispossessory must have the Plaintiff’s full name, address and phone number listed on the front side.

8.         After the dispossessory has been served the defendant has seven (7) days to respond.  The defendant can pay the rent owed to the landlord, move or file a written answer to the Court.  If the defendant files an answer, both parties will be notified by mail by the Judge’s Assistant of the date and time of the hearing.  After the hearing if the Judge grants the plaintiff a judgment, the plaintiff must submit a written judgment and writ of possession for the Judge’s signature.  If the defendant does not answer, move or pay rent, the plaintiff may take judgment and wirt of possession on the eighth (8th) day from the date of service.  When the Judge signs the judgment it will be sent to the Sheriff’s Office for a set-out date to be scheduled.  The Sheriff’s Office will contact the plaintiff before proceeding with eviction.

9.         There is a $25.00 (NON REFUNDABLE) fee for the JUDGMENT AND WRIT OF POSSESSION

10.       IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PLAINTIFF TO FOLLOW UP ON ALL CASES FILED. A dispossessory is a SHORT TERM PAPER and is good for 37 days from the last possible date to answer.  If nothing is done within these 37 days the case will automatically be DISMISSED FOR WANT OF PROSECUTION ON THE 38th DAY.

Filiing In Magistrate Court


INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING A COMPLAINT IN THE MAGISTRATE COURT OF BIBB COUNTY

REVISED APRIL 01, 2013


 

1.         The maximum for filing in the Magistrate Court is $15,000.00

2.         The  Magistrate Court of Bibb County does no accept PERSONAL CHECKS.

3.         There is a $101.00 Filing Fee payable when you file your claim.  This fee covers the filing process and one service.  If there is more that one defendant, an additional charge of $58.00 per extra defendant will be charged.  If the Sheriff is unable to serve the defendant(s) at the address given at the time of filing, there will be a charge of $50.00 for each new address given per defendant.  You can include a place of employment at the time of filing with a home address at no extra charge, however you must have a home address at the time of filing. 

4.         YOUR DEFENDANT MUST BE A RESIDENT OF BIBB COUNTY.  It does not matter where the plaintiff resides.  It is the responsibility of the plaintiff to furnish all information necessary to file a complaint.  The Sheriff cannot serve a P O BOX OR A ROUTE NUMBER.

5.         IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PLAINTIFF TO FOLLOW UP ON ALL CLAIMS AND/OR GARNISHMENTS.  When your case is filed, you will be given a Docket/Case Number.  When calling to inquire about your case, give that number (EXAMPLE: 012345-S) and the information you want can be easily found.  The number for the Clerk’s Office is (478/621-6495).  If a pending case has no activity for two years, it is automatically dismissed for want of prosecution.

6.         This court is not a collection agency.  You control your own cases.  The deputy clerks will only follow your written  instructions as to what you wish to have done concerning your case.  We have no authority to pursue any action concerning your case.  We cannot change names, addresses, money amounts, etc…

7.         The plaintiff must fill out claim against defendant(s) with complete names and addresses (including zip code).  Plaintiff must also provide a BRIEF description as to why a claim is being filed and furnish copies of any contracts, etc… that need to be attached.  If the claim is for DAMAGES, plaintiff must state this in their claim.  IF YOU ARE UNSURE THE PERSON AND/OR BUSINESS TO SUE, CONSULT AN ATTORNEY.

8.         Defendant(s) have a thirty (30) days after the date of service to file an answer to the complaint.  They can open the default for an additional fifteen (15) days by paying the accrued cost on the complaint.  If the defendant files an answer, the parties will be notified by mail of the date and time of the hearing.  If no answer is filed the plaintiff must submit a written  DEFAULT JUDGMENT against the defendant(s) for the Judge’s signature.  If the claim is for damages it will have to be placed on the court calendar for  a hearing and the plaintiff will have to PROVE damages.  If subpoenas are needed they should be applied for after you receive your notice of the hearing date.

9.         If a judgment is RENDERED a FI.FA. may be issued only on the 31st day after the date of the hearing.    If the case is in DEFAULT a FI. FA. can be issued immediately.

10.        Once a Fi. Fa. has been issued you may file a garnishment or use it to have the sheriff attempt a levy.