Magistrate Court

Chief Magistrate

Sterling Wimberly

Burke County Magistrate Court

P.O. Box 401

Waynesboro, Georgia 30830




M-F 8:00 - 5:00

The Magistrate Court is a limited jurisdiction Court of Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction that was constitutionally created in 1983. The jurisdiction is found in O.C.G.A. 15-10-2, Georgia Code, and the Uniform Rules of the Magistrate Court.  The Courts purpose, mission and goal is to provide the citizens of Burke County a high degree of judicial professionalism by providing a systematic, efficient and accurate court system, where all citizens and litigants of the county can expect a fair and impartial treatment with all aspects of the court and in a timely manner.

 The Civil jurisdiction includes the trial and adjudication of civil disputes of $15,000.00 or less.  These cases consist of civil suits, garnishments, evictions (lLandlord tenant), and foreclosure of personal property/rental property and etc. The Magistrate Court does not hold jury trails and is not a court of record.

 The Criminal Jurisdiction includes issuing arrest warrant and search warrants, good behavior warrants, conduct pre-warrant hearings, first appearance hearings, bond hearings and preliminary hearings.  The Court presides over and conduct trails for county ordinance violations. 


Cynthia D. Kelley

Clifford Carter, Jr.

Louis Hrabovsky

Ashley Moore Jr. 


Cynthia D. Kelley

Charlese Washington

Lena Travis

Vickie Petrea