Please refer to O.C.G.A. §18-4-60 to 18-4-66 for a
complete explanation of Regular Garnishment Procedures.
- Affidavit (one original needed): All
information must be completed. Form should be notarized (including
the notary's expiration date) or sworn to before an officer of the
- Garnishee's Summons and Answer Form (one
original needed): All information on the top of the page should be
- Defendant's Copy of Summons (one original
needed): All information on the top of the page should be
- Sheriff's Entry of Service (an original for
each party to be served by the Sheriff's Department): Information
on both parties should be completed.
Garnishments are $97.00 if the Clayton County Sheriff's
Department is to serve only the Garnishee. Garnishments are $147.00
if the Defendant and the Garnishee are both to be served by Clayton
County Sheriff's Department. (Include a completed Sheriff's Entry
of Service form for each party to be served.)
The Service copy of the Garnishment for the Defendant will be
returned to the Plaintiff or the Attorney for the Plaintiff unless
the Deputy Sheriff is to serve the defendant. A self-addressed,
stamped envelope is required for this purpose.
Monies being held on garnishments may be disbursed by submitting
an application to condemn the funds. The Clerk's
office must be provided with proof of service on Defendant
(including case number) by: Certified Mail (Either the returned
receipt card or the unclaimed letter which was mailed to the
Defendant), Affidavit of Compliance, or Certification of Personal
Service by Deputy Sheriff, Attorney, Plaintiff or Agent per (O.C.G.A. §18-4-64). No money will be disbursed
unless the foregoing procedures are completed in their entirety.
Monies are held for 15 days before disbursing.
The office of the Clerk of Magistrate Court is an administrative
office charged with the duties of receiving and filing papers
required to be filed with the Clerk and collecting required filing
fees. In many cases, collecting a judgment is harder than proving
your case in court. You should consult an attorney or a collection
agency if you have questions. No member of this office is qualified
or licensed to practice law. State law forbids any person other
than a duly licensed attorney at law to render or furnish legal
services or advice. Therefore, no one in this office will be able
to guide you through the process.
Clerk of Court: Jacquline D.
Harold R. Banke Justice Center
9151 Tara Boulevard,
Jonesboro, Georgia 30236-4914
Telephone (770) 477-3443