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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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Do I have to have an attorney in Magistrate Court?

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You do not have to have an attorney to bring or defend a claim in Magistrate Court. In debt collection cases, however, the plaintiff is often represented by counsel. Still, there are many cases in which both the plaintiff and the defendant are pro se. The term pro se means that parties to a lawsuit represent themselves in court without an attorney.


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