Go to the Fulton County Magistrate Court website and download the form called Magistrate Court Statement of Claim. On this form, include the name and address of the person or business you are suing, tell the exact amount of money you are suing for and explain why you are suing. Keep in mind that the filing fee is $76.50, which includes service on one defendant. If you are suing more than one defendant, be prepared to pay $25.00 for each additional defendant.
Where to file?
You can file your Statement of Claim at the following locations in Fulton County:
JUSTICE CENTER TOWER
185 CENTRAL AVE., S.W. ROOM TG700, ATLANTA, GA 30303
NORTH FULTON SERVICE CENTER
7741 ROSWELL ROAD, ROOM 231, ATLANTA, GA 30350
SOUTH FULTON SERVICE CENTER
5600 STONEWALL-TELL RD., ROOM 213, COLLEGE PARK, GA 30349
After you file the Statement of Claims against the defendant, the defendant has the right to assert counterclaims against you.
Normally, there is no discovery in Magistrate Court cases. As a result, your case may come up for trial rather quickly. On the day of your trial, make sure to show up on time and leave your cell phone off. You will need to present evidence (documents or witness testimony) at trial so have all of your documents and witnesses organized ahead of time.
Additional resources provided by the author
You can visit the Fulton County Magistrate website and download the Magistrate Civil Handbook . This provides helpful information regarding the process for filing a complaint in Magistrate Court.
While Magistrate Court is designed to be accessible to the average citizen. You may want to consult with an attorney who is experienced in civil litigation.