Office of the Solicitor-General

Serving the needs of the community

Solicitor alters services & schedules

The office is closed to the public. No outside visitors are allowed in the office without an appointment, and staff are handling work via phone call and email. Someone will staff the reception desk from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to answer phone calls and questions.

Victim Witness Assistance Program

The following plan of action is being taken to continue providing remote services to victims of crime. Our goal is to remain connected while keeping both advocates and victims safe.

  • Victim Witness Services will continue on a rotating basis with some advocates telecommuting from home until further notice. Also, the staff that is assigned to come into work one hour later and one hour early to reduce the risk factors.
  • Each advocate has been assigned a laptop and cell phone to stay connected with needed information at to provide effective notifications.
  • We implemented the following to continue providing services to victims under these changed circumstances.
    1. Victims are being notified of the status of their case in light of the Statewide Judicial Emergency by phone calls, emails, and text messages.
    2. Our office can still receive information from victims to ensure their opinions are heard because the office has an advocate available in the office at all times until further notice to provide information and get feedback from victims.
    3. Indicate how websites and social media are being used to make victims aware of information (e.g. publishing court dockets on social media, providing links to sites that provide information about arrests and releases, providing list of referrals, etc.)
    4. Referrals to community and other resources are still being provided to victims by referral letters, emails, fax, and phone calls.
    5. Some of the remote community resources team, for us, are: Bibb County Sheriff Department and the Crisis Line and Safe House, Bibb County Health Department’s Office, Department of Family and Children Services, United Way of Central Georgia, and Disability Connections, of Macon GA.
Rebecca L. Grist
Solicitor-General

Office Address:

Room 504, Bibb County Courthouse
601 Mulberry Street
Macon, GA 31201

Phone: (478) 621-6572
Fax: (478) 621-6339

Assistant Solicitors-General
Staff
Stephanie Whitehead
Victim-Witness Coordinator

Ashley Foster
Victim-Witness Advocate

Sheila Miller
Victim-Witness Advocate

Wayne Shepherd
Investigator

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Office of the Solicitor-General is primarily responsible for the prosecution of all criminal misdemeanor offenses filed in the State Court of Bibb County and the Macon-Bibb County Municipal Court. These cases include all misdemeanor warrants initiated in the Bibb County Magistrate’s Court, all misdemeanor arrests and traffic citations issued by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, the Bibb County School District Campus Police, the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Bibb County Park Rangers, Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare, the Mercer University Police Department, the Central Georgia Technical College Department of Public Safety, and violations referred by the Middle Georgia State University Police Department. Cases also arrive to the office via transfer from other courts and offices including the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office, the Municipal Court, and the Magistrate’s Court.

This office serves all the citizens of Bibb County. More particularly, the office strives to protect victims of misdemeanor crimes, aid law enforcement, and seek equal justice in all such matters.

These offenses are investigated; victims and other witnesses are interviewed; cases are prosecuted through jury and non-jury trials; pleas are negotiated; and some cases are dismissed by the prosecutors because of evidentiary problems.

COURT PROCEDURES: In State Court, arraignments and pleas are scheduled every Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. Non-jury trials begin every Friday at 8:00 a.m. with additional non-jury days scheduled at least one day per month at 9:00 a.m. Specially set trials may also be scheduled. Cases of defendants incarcerated in the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) are scheduled Tuesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in the courtroom located in the Bibb LEC. Jury trials are held on designated weeks throughout the year.

COURT CALENDARS: Criminal court calendars for pleas, arraignments and non-jury trials are prepared by the Solicitor-General’s office and are typically completed two to three days before scheduled court dates. Jury trial calendars are prepared at least three to four weeks prior to the call of the calendar. Cases may be added by the parties or their attorneys, notwithstanding the completion of the calendar.

The State Court Criminal Docket may be searched by clicking here.

PAYABLE TICKETS: By order of the Courts, there are a number of citations which do not require a court appearance by the defendant if the citation is uncontested. In State Court, the Court has approved a schedule of fines that are payable offenses if  uncontested. Examples of payable citations are traffic violations other more serious violations such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Suspended License, Fleeing and Eluding, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Many hunting and fishing violations and most county ordinance violations also do not require an appearance in court. To find out if a court appearance may be unnecessary, call the office at 478-621-6572.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Not all citations require a court appearance.
  • If your citation is payable, the court date on the ticket is the day that the fine is due.
  • If you were arrested and released on a bond, the date given on your bond sheet is your court date.
  • No trials are scheduled on your initial court date.
  • To contest your citation and schedule a trial, you must show up on your initial court date.
  • If you receive more than one citation on the same date and time, both have to be paid at the same time.

CLICK HERE TO PAY A CITATION IN MUNICIPAL COURT

CLICK HERE TO PAY A CITATION IN STATE COURT

 

Often times the victims of crimes feel like only the accused has rights. The Solicitor-General’s Office strongly believes victims should have rights and are to be treated with respect.

Victims of many types of crimes have rights and responsibilities under a Georgia law (O.C.G.A. 17-17-1) called the Victim’s Bill of Rights. The purpose of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program in this office is to educate and assist victims of such crimes.

As a victim, you have the right to be notified of: arrest of the accused, the availability of victim service programs, the availability of compensation for victims of violent crimes, any court hearings where release of accused will be considered, the release of the accused, court proceedings during prosecution of the case, any motion for new trial or appeal dates if applicable, and parole or change of status of a defendant if you request this in writing.

A victim also has the right to: express opinions on the release of the accused pending court proceedings, express views on the outcome of the case prior to plea negotiations or sentencing of the accused, and complete a Victim Impact Statement.

It is the responsibility of the victim to provide the police their address and home and work phone numbers in order to be notified of various proceedings. If there is an arrest and the phone numbers change, the Solicitor-General’s Office should be notified. Any of these notifications or other rights provided may be waived.

If you are the victim of a violent crime, you may be eligible for victim compensation. You must have a completed application within six months after the date of the crime. There does not have to be an arrest in order to apply.

Compensation can help you with your out-of-pocket expenses not already covered by insurance, Medicaid, worker’s compensation, etc. Eligible expenses include medical bills, counseling costs, funeral expenses, and lost wages. The Victim-Witness Program has compensation applications and can help you apply.

For assistance or more information, please contact a Victim-Witness Advocate in our office by calling 478-621-6572.

Statistics show domestic violence is a major problem in our society. Acts of violence occur every 18 seconds in this country. A woman is abused every 9-15 seconds. Six million women are beaten each year by their husbands and boyfriends. 30% of all murders are committed within the family and 13% are committed by spouses. Children are present during 80% of the assaults against their mothers and 3 million children witness domestic violence each year. These children are 1000 times likely to abuse as adults. Many cases of domestic violence are not reported because of feelings of helplessness, fear and shame. Domestic violence transcends racial, age and socioeconomic boundaries.

The Georgia Code (O.C.G.A. 19-13-1) defines family violence as the occurrence of any felony, battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, and criminal trespass between individuals who are past or present spouses, persons who are parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children and persons living or formerly living in the same household.

The Solicitor-General’s Office feels these are serious matters and vigorously pursues the prosecution of such cases. Protecting the victim from further acts of violence is a primary objective.

It is the goal of this office to stop the violence and not to break up the family. Therefore, along with the cooperation of the State Court Judge and the State Court Probation Office, the Family Violence Counseling Program was begun in 1994. This program allows a first-time offender to attend anger and violence counseling group sessions as an alternative to prosecution. If the offender fails to attend as ordered or commits a new offense, the case is then sent back for prosecution.

If you are a defendant charged with this type of offense or if you are a victim who would like the Solicitor-General to recommend this treatment of an offender, please contact the office and speak to a prosecutor or a Victim-Witness Advocate.