State Court

State Court of Bibb County

Modified Dates and Processes due to the COVID-19 Judical Emergency

The State Court of Bibb County remains open, but we encourage you to handle your business with the Court virtually. If possible, we prefer to address your needs and handle your case, without your having to come to the Courthouse. If you have questions, please call the Clerk’s Office: (478) 621-6200.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia extended the statewide Judicial Emergency through December 9, 2020; however, deadlines for litigants were re-imposed on July 14, 2020.  Electronic filling is available in civil and criminal cases. 

The latest Judicial Emergency Order authorizes courts to resume jury trials, if certain procedures and precautions are implemented.  The State Court of Bibb County had intended to have six-person jury trials in December for misdemeanor cases, but we are deferring the jury trials another month, due to increasing COVID-19 numbers across the country, concerns about a post-Thanksgiving holiday spike, and to allow Macon-Bibb County to update the HVAC system in State Court.  In advance of any jury trials, the Court will provide additional, detailed information to the parties, lawyers and anyone who is summoned for jury duty.  Additional information will also be provided on this website before trials resume.

The State Court of Bibb County is conducting most proceedings remotely. For any in-person proceedings, the Court is following the Georgia Court Reopening Guide and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Health. 

  1. All defendants are encouraged to Handle Your Criminal Case Online. If you do so, you will not have to come to the Courthouse. For more information, click the link to “Handle Your Criminal Case Online.”
  2. All in-person proceedings in the State Court of Bibb County are subject to the “Guidelines for Court Proceedings for Courts in the Macon Judicial Circuit” and the Restatement of Guidelines for In-Person Proceedings for the State Court of Bibb County. (See links at the top of this webpage.)
  3. Anyone who is in a high-risk category (including over the age of 65) or has a COVID-19 related basis to be excused from Court should contact the chambers of Judge Sharell Lewis (478-621-6183), at least seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled Court date. Leaving a voice mail does not relieve a party of the requirement to appear on the scheduled Court date.  Failure to appear for a scheduled Court date in a criminal case may result in a warrant for the defendant’s arrest.
  4. Civil hearings may be held by teleconference or video conference. If by video conference, the Judge will be in the courtroom or will present the hearing int the courtroom, and the hearing may be observed in the courtroom.
  5. The Court is handling all inmate cases (arraignments, pleas, probation revocations) by video on Tuesdays at 8:15 AM. These may be observed in the courtroom at the J. Taylor Phillips Courthouse.
  6. Criminal case e-filing is available. Pleadings may be filed through PeachCourt.  (Click on the link on the website to register and file.  There is no cost to e-file in criminal cases.)  All lawyers and parties are encouraged to file pleadings electronically rather than in person; however, e-filing is not presently mandatory in criminal cases.  If you have questions or issues related to PeachCourt, go to https://peachcourt.com.   There is a “Need Help” link on their website.
  7. Civil case e-filing is mandatory in most civil cases. Even in older cases in which e-filing may not be mandatory, lawyers and parties are encouraged to file pleadings electronically rather than in person.  Pleadings may be filed through PeachCourt. (Click on the link on the website to register and file.  There is a cost for civil e-filing.)  If you have questions or issues related to PeachCourt, go to https://peachcourt.com.   There is a “Need Help” link on their website.

If you have questions or if you have any COVID-19 related concerns about the Court’s processes, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your flexibility and cooperation in the present circumstances. 

-Jeff Hanson

Chief Judge, State Court of Bibb County

 

November 10, 2020

 

 

 

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Contacts

Jeff Hanson Chief Judge
Sharell F. Lewis Judge
Patti Graves State Court Clerk (478) 621-6200
Amy Hartley Chief Probation Officer (478) 621-6679
Pam Forbes Administrative Assistant to Judge Hanson (478) 621-6189
Savannah Camp Administrative Assistant to Judge Lewis (478) 621-6183

Office Address:
J. Taylor Phillips Courthouse
601 Mulberry Street, Room 500
Macon, GA 31201

Mailing Address:
PO Box 5086
Macon, GA 31213-7199

Telephone: (478) 621-6200
Fax: (478) 621-6008

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.