Do I need an attorney?

It is not necessary to have an attorney to file a suit or defend a suit in this court. As perhaps one of the most important functions of the Magistrate Court is to provide a readily available legal forum to solve disputes. You may represent yourself in court as a pro se litigant (representing yourself) when either filing or responding to an action with the court.

This is not to say that attorney's are not welcomed and even encouraged, but there are many occasions when the amounts of money in controversy do not warrant engaging an attorney. Always remember that the Magistrate Court Judge is obligated, by law, to conduct the Court in a way that is fair to pro se litigants as well as to attorneys. The procedural rules of law are not as strictly enforced in the Magistrate Court as in other courts. The Magistrate Judge will apply rules of pleading and practice so as to administer substantial justice.

The assistance of counsel is your right. However, we cannot advise you as to whether or not you will need an attorney in your case. Additionally, if you seek a court appointed attorney, you will need to contact the Public Defender's Office at 912-764-6292. You may visit their website for more information.

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1. In which county should I file my lawsuit?
2. Do I need an attorney?
3. What do I need to bring with me to the court hearing?
4. How are cases presented in court?
5. What do I wear to court?
6. Can I appeal my civil case if I lose in court?
7. What is the difference between a dismissal "with prejudice" and a dismissal "without" prejudice?
8. Can I speak to a Judge when I come into your office?
9. Can a Magistrate Judge perform wedding services?
10. What if I need special assistance?
11. I won a judgement. Where and when do I get paid?