Magistrate Court of Dekalb County

The Magistrate Court of Dekalb County was created in 1983 and handles civil, criminal, and ordinance issues in DeKalb County, Georgia. DeKalb County Magistrate Court is a county court that is called the “people’s court.”

Civil Matters

Civil Court handles legal disputes that are not crimes and cases brought by a plaintiff (person, group, business, institution, or government body) against a defendant (person, group, business, institution, or government body).

Criminal Matters

The Criminal Court handles cases brought by the government against a defendant. These are: arrest warrants, search warrants, and first appearance/bond hearings.

Ordinance Matters

The Magistrate Court of DeKalb County Ordinance Division began handling DeKalb County Code of Ordinance violations on July 1, 2015.

The following offenses require a court appearance, and cannot be paid in advance of court:

Law Enforcement Ordinances

  • Loitering for sex
  • Loitering for drugs
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Public indecency
  • Exposure of genitals
  • Reckless operation of a motor vehicle in parking lot or walkway
  • Creating a hazardous or offensive condition

Animal Control

  • Neglect of animal
  • Animal cruelty
  • Dangerous animal
  • Hazardous animal to be constrained or confined
  • Animal abandonment
  • Quarantine of biting dogs and cats

Code Enforcement

  • All citations until further notice.


  • Chief Judge Berryl A. Anderson
  • Judge Mirna G. Andrews
  • Judge Cinque M. Axam
  • Judge Winston P. Bethel
  • Judge Mary McCall Cash
  • Judge Anna Davis
  • Judge Joshua G. Davis
  • Judge Roshanda Davis-Baugh
  • Judge Tyler Edgerton
  • Senior Judge Richard Foxworth
  • Judge E. Ann Guerrant
  • Judge September Guy
  • Senior Judge Alan C. Harvey
  • Judge DeNorris A. Heard
  • Judge Claire Jason
  • Judge W. Thompson Kemp III
  • Judge Lynn Kleinrock
  • Judge Christine A. Koehler
  • Judge Hollie Manheimer
  • Judge Matthew J. McCoyd
  • Judge Shannon McNeal
  • Judge Joyce Neal
  • Senior Judge Albert R. Sacks
  • Judge Sabrina Scott
  • Judge Rhathelia Stroud
  • Judge Abbie S. Taylor
  • Judge Teri L. Thompson
  • Judge Phyllis R. Williams
  • Judge Tamara S. Williams

Location & Contact Information

556 N. McDonough Street

Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: 404-371-2261



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