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State Court of Bibb County

Modified Processes due to COVID-19

For the protection of people attending court and of the Court staff, the State Court of Bibb County offers many proceedings remotely. If possible, we prefer to address your needs and handle your case remotely.  If you have questions, please call the Clerk’s Office: (478) 621-6200. 

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.”

For in-person proceedings, the Court is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health. 

  1. In the State Court of Bibb County, which includes the Fifth Floor of the Bibb County Courthouse and the State Court Probation Office, social distancing of six (6) feet is required, and people who are not vaccinated should wear a facial covering. Facial coverings are optional for people who are vaccinated.
  2. Anyone who is in a high-risk category (including over the age of 65, without a vaccine) 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.
  3. 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 in the courtroom, and the hearing may be observed in the courtroom.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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.

We have resumed jury trials.  Please click on the “Jury Duty” tab for updates and more information.  Jury service will not be like it was before the pandemic.  We will bring in smaller groups of potential jurors and will generally limit the duration of service for those who are selected.  No one will be selected to serve on more than one jury.

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

 

July 2, 2021

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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.