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On Friday, June 12, 2020, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton extended the Statewide Judicial Emergency Order.  The order has now been extended until July 14, 2020.

This means that for cases that were pending before the March 14,2020 Order, litigants will have the same amount of time to file or act after July 14 that they had as of March 14.  For example, if an answer in a civil case was due on March 20, 2020 that answer will now be due on July 20, 2020.

Also, this means that for cases filed between March 14 and July 13, 2020, the time for deadlines will begin running on July 14, 2020.  For example, if a civil complaint were filed in June and the answer would have been due 30 days later, that 30-day period will begin on July 14 and the answer will be due on August 13, 2020.

Cases filed on or after July 14, 2020, litigants will have the normal deadlines applicable to the case.

The 122 days between March 14 and July 14, 2020 or any portion of that period in which a statute of limitation would have run, shall be excluded from the calculation of that statute of limitation.

The Civil and Magistrate Court is opened 8:00-5:00.

Pamela Y. White-Colbert
Chief Magistrate & Civil Judge

Click here to view THIRD ORDER EXTENDING DECLARATION OF STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY

May 20, 2020

To whom it may concern:

The Supreme Court of Georgia has passed a new Uniform Magistrate Court Rule entitled “Rule 46.  Emergency Dispossessory.”  This rule is in response to the temporary moratorium placed on dispossessory actions provided for by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).

I have attached a copy of the new Rule 46 for your review.  It requires that every dispossessory case based on non-payment of rent filed on or after March 27, 2020, while the temporary moratorium is pending, file a Cares Act Affidavit, if applicable, at or before the time of hearing.  I have also attached a copy of the Cares Act Affidavit form as well as a copy of the CARES Act Explanation of Terms that helps describe the types of properties that will be considered a “Covered Dwelling” or “Covered Property.”

Please read Rule 46 and the other attached documents carefully.  If it is applicable, please complete the CARES Act Affidavit and forward it to the court for filing.  We are working to come up with a plan to reset all the pending cases since the Judicial State of Emergency was put in place.  It will certainly help us with scheduling and you, as a Plaintiff, if we can take care of this new requirement before the day a case is scheduled for court.

If you have any questions about whether your property is a Covered Dwelling/Property under the CARES Act and/or whether you can complete the CARES Act Affidavit, please contact an attorney of your choosing.  Neither the clerk’s office nor one of our magistrate judges can provide you with the legal advice necessary to make that determination.

Thank you for your patience as we begin to return to the normal business of the court.  Currently, our hope is to begin having in-person court the week of June 29, 2020.  If you have any questions about the scheduling of a case, please contact the Clerk’s office.

 

Sincerely,

Pamela Y. White-Colbert

Chief Judge

Bibb County Magistrate Court

Important Notice about cash payments

The civil & magistrate court of Macon-Bibb County does not accept cash payments after 4:30 p.m. We also do not accept $100.00 bills. If you wish to file a civil action after 4:30 p.m. the paperwork must be complete when you come in and payment can only be in the form of a business check, money order or credit card.

Now Accepting Credit Card Payments and Online Payments

Beginning July 1st, 2013 The Civil and Magistrate Courts of Bibb County will begin accepting VISA and MASTERCARD debit and credit cards. You will also have a choice of Online filing sites http://Ncourt.com

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Judge Pamela White-Colbert was born and raised in Macon, Georgia and graduated from Southwest High School. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her law degree from the Mercer University School of Law. Judge White-Colbert began her legal career at Georgia Legal Services as a staff attorney. She was an Assistant District Attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit for 30 years. She was elected in 2018 as the Chief Judge of the Civil and Magistrate Court of Bibb county.

Judge White-Colbert is a member of the Macon Bar, the State Bar of Georgia, the Editorial Board of the State Bar of Georgia Journal and the William A. Bootle American Inn of Court.

Judge White-Colbert serves as a Trustee for the River Edge Foundation, Board member of the Macon-Bibb Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. a member of Career Women Network, a Sustainer of the Junior League of Macon, an advocate for Macon Bibb Citizen Advocacy, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Judge White-Colbert has served as Past Presidents of the Girl Scouts Board of Middle Georgia, the Hay House Board of Directors, and the Macon Bar Association. She has also been a Past Board member of United Way of Macon, Past Trustee for the Medcen Foundation, and past member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights .

She is married to the Rev. Marvin Colbert and they have two children.

Bibb County Civil & Magistrate Court
601 Mulberry Street, 4th Floor
Bibb County Courthouse
Macon, GA 31201

(478) 621-5801 – Main Phone
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Hon. Pamela Y. White-Colbert Chief Judge Civil & Magistrate 411
Hon. James J. Daniels II Chief Associate Judge Civil & Magistrate 400
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Hon. Valencia Davis-Jones Magistrate 400
Hon. Barbara S. Harris Magistrate 400
Eli Taylor, Jr. Sheriff/Constable 402 – A
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