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The Magistrate Court of DeKalb County, Georgia

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  556 N. McDonough Street, DeKalb County Courthouse
Decatur, GA 30030-3356
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Are there certain kinds of cases that I cannot file in Magistrate Court?

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There are certain kinds of cases which cannot be filed in Magistrate Court, even if the amount being sought is less than $15,000. The Magistrate Court cannot hear divorce cases and family law matters and any case in which the Court would have to make a decision regarding ownership rights and interests in real estate. Also, the Magistrate Court cannot issue an order directing a party to take some specific action such as repairing or returning property or to order them to refrain from taking some action, e.g. building a fence or cutting down trees. That type of relief is known as injunctive relief and can only be granted in Superior Court.


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