The Magistrate Court has general civil jurisdiction over civil cases of up to $15,000, these cases may include personal injury cases, contract disputes, construction cases and other cases of a general nature. The Court also handles garnishments, dispossession actions, and writs of possession.
The Magistrate Court also has criminal jurisdiction over various State Law violations, such as:
Deposit Account Fraud Cases
Possession of Marijuana
Theft by Shoplifting
Various Ordinance Violations
Warrants for Violations
The Court issues warrants for violations of the criminal laws of the State, sets bonds on these offenses and conducts preliminary hearings as a Court of Inquiry.
The Magistrate Court conducts hearings in the following cases:
Arraignments in misdemeanor bad check cases, state law violations, and county ordinance violations:
First and third Thursdays of each month at 9 a.m.
Civil claims, garnishments, contract disputes, and other cases up to $15,000:
First and third Fridays of each month at 9 a.m.
First and third Wednesdays of each month at 9 a.m.
Every Thursday at 2 p.m.
First appearance hearings/bond hearings
Every day at the Laurens County Law Enforcement Center Courtroom