Probate Court: As of January 6, 2021 the Probate/Magistrate Court Office will open for the public with business as usual with limitations based on Statewide Judicial Emergency order dated May 11, 2020.
We are now accepting appointments for weapons carry permits (renewals and new applications) and for marriage licenses. Please go to the link below to fill out your applications on-line. If you have do not have a computer call the office and make an appointment and we will give you a blank Weapons Permit Application. Please call our Court at 912-487-5523 to make an appointment, as we are expecting a record number of applicants. Appointments start at 9:00 and end at 4:00 o’clock p.m. If you are late for your designated time, you may lose your appointment and have a lengthy wait as those with appointments will have priority. Please call our Court to avoid any issues. With the safety of the citizens, and our staff in mind, when entering the office you will need to do the following before you are allowed into our building for your appointment:
Until further notice, please bring a mask, scarf, or bandana with you to cover your mouth, and nose as new applicants will be up close and personal with our clerks. Our staff will be covered for your protection as well.
Please do not come to the Courthouse if you are sick.
Please do not bring any additional family members with you.
For Weapons Carry License applicants, you must bring a valid Georgia Driver’s License with your CURRENT Clinch County address or a current DMV receipt with your photo on it. If you are military, please bring proof of residence.
For new Weapons Carry License applications, after completing the application process at the Courthouse, you will be required to go the Clinch County Sheriff’s Office to be fingerprinted. CASH, Cashier Check, or Money Order! Probate Office does accept exact cash and change.
Vitals Records, such as Birth and Death Certificates, can be purchased at the Probate Court without an appointment. $25.00 a copy and $5 for a additional copies.
Identification Card is required. These rules are in place to provide an efficient flow for the maximum number of applicants per day, while keeping everyone as safe as is possible. Please exercise patience and understanding during a time that is uncertain for all of us. Again, if you have any questions concerning the requirements listed above, please call 912-487-5523 for assistance.
The Clinch County Probate Court exercises exclusive, original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, administration of estates, appointment of guardians and involuntary hospitalization of incapacitated adults and other individuals. Magistrate Court: Jurisdiction for Magistrate Courts includes small claims (under $15,000), minor and felony criminal offenses, dispossessory writs, warrants, good behavior warrants, bad check warrants, preliminary hearings, arrest and search warrants. Magistrate grants bail in cases that are not reserved exclusively to a judge of another court. Jury trials are not held in Magistrate Court. If a defendant submits a written request for a jury trial, case may be transferred to Superior Court. ***Please be advised, if you plan to file a claim, the judge nor the clerks are allowed to provide legal advice. It is unethical, improper and illegal for the judge or clerks to do so. If you have legal questions or need legal advice you may contact an attorney of your choice.