You are about to file a petition
pro se, that is, representing yourself without the benefit of an
attorney's training and experience. The procedures are not a simple
matter. The law requires certain steps be followed, certain papers
be filed and certain evidence be presented for the court to grant a
judgment. Although you have the right to represent yourself, you
are strongly urged to consult with an attorney in this matter.
If you represent yourself, you
alone are responsible for knowing and following the correct
procedures. If you fail to follow the correct procedures, your case
may be dismissed by the Court. In that event, the fees you paid to
file the papers will be lost. 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. 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 answer any questions you may
have regarding the correct procedures to follow.
The Judges of the Magistrate Court
must remain impartial and may not practice law. Therefore, neither
the Judges nor any member of their staff, are permitted by law to
answer any questions you may have seeking legal advice. You should
not file your papers until you learn the correct procedures.
JACQULINE D. WILLS, CLERK
Clayton County Magistrate Court
Clerk of Court: Jacquline D.
Harold R. Banke Justice Center
9151 Tara Boulevard,
Jonesboro, Georgia 30236-4914
Telephone (770) 477-3443