All jurors, lawyers, parties, and witnesses are released from reporting for the April 6 and 13 trial weeks.
Like the rest of society, the court system is taking steps to protect our community from exposure to COVID-19, while we also protect the rights of our citizens. The State Court of Bibb County remains open, but we are limiting the activities which require people to be present in person. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Chief Judge of the Macon Judicial Circuit have entered orders declaring a state of judicial emergency. The orders are expected to extend the judicial emergency beyond the original expiration of April 13, 2020. Based on medical recommendations, on guidelines from the State and Federal governments, and on the state of judicial emergency, the State Court of Bibb County is making changes and taking actions, as follows:
- Jury trials for the weeks of April 6 and 13 are cancelled. The Civil Calendar Call, the Criminal Motion Days, and the Criminal Pre-trial Conference Day for those trial weeks are also cancelled.
- Criminal arraignments and non-jury trials set for March 20, March 27, April 3, and April 10 are reset to May 18, 19, 20, and 21.
- Criminal arraignments and non-jury trials set for April 17, April 24, and May 1, are reset to June 29, June 30, and July 1.
- In person civil hearings will not be held through the end of April, unless there is a specific need or requirement for an in person hearing. Civil hearings may be conducted by telephone or by video conferencing. If by video conference, notice will be posted on this website. If anyone wishes to object or to observe, they should contact the assigned Judge’s office (email@example.com for Judge Jeff Hanson; firstname.lastname@example.org for Judge Sharell Lewis).
- Probation Violation Hearings and Probation Report Backs set for April 2 are reset to May 7.
- Starting on April 3, 2020, the Court will hold handle all inmate cases (arraignments, pleas, probation revocations) by video. For information about observing these proceedings, contact the Judges’ office (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Criminal case e-filing is now available. Pleadings may be filed through PeachCourt. (Click on the link on the website to register and file. There is presently 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 mandatory in criminal cases. If you have questions or issues related to PeachCourt, go to https://peachcourt.com. There is a “Need Help” prompt for you to click on their website.
- 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” prompt for you to click on their website.
We regret any confusion or complications which may result from these actions. We thank you in advance for your flexibility and cooperation in the present circumstances. If you have questions, you may email the Clerk of Court, Patti Graves (email@example.com), or the Chief Judge, Jeff Hanson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Chief Judge, State Court of Bibb County
April 1, 2020
J. Taylor Phillips Courthouse
601 Mulberry Street, Room 500
Macon, GA 31201
PO Box 5086
Macon, GA 31213-7199
Telephone: (478) 621-6200
Fax: (478) 621-6008
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Jeff Hanson, Chief Judge, State Court of Bibb County
Sharell F. Lewis, Judge, State Court of Bibb County
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