Georgia has no Small Claims Court. Cases are heard in Magistrate Court.
- Statues: Georgia Code Annotated Title 15, Ch. 10, Sections 1, 2, 40-53.
- Dollar Limit: $15,000.
- Where To Sue: Where defendant resides.
- Service: Constable or court-approved disinterested adult.
- Hearing Date: Set by court.
- Attorneys: Allowed.
- Transfer: If defendant counterclaims for more than $15,000; to appropriate court depending on amount.
- Appeals: By either side for new trial; to Superior Court within 30 days.
- Special Provisions: Equitable relief available. No jury trial. Court may order installment payments. Defendant must answer complaint (in writing or orally) within 30 days to avoid default.
Note: This section outlines the special rules that apply to the small claims courts of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Filing fees are not listed because they vary greatly and change frequently. Because court rules may change at any time, always check with the clerk of the small claims court to verify the accuracy of the information given for your state.