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The Magistrate Court of DeKalb County, Georgia

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Decatur, GA 30030-3356
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Civil Matters

What will happen in court when my case is heard?

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Your case is likely to be one of many cases scheduled for a hearing on the day that you come to court. The judge will call the calendar, i.e. the list of cases to be heard and may give the parties the opportunity to talk to each prior to being heard in an attempt to see if the dispute can be resolved without the Court's intervention. In many cases, particularly where the dispute involves an uncollected debt, the parties will resolve the case with a consent order for a payment plan.

If the case cannot be resolved, the judge will call your case. Plaintiffs will present their claim first and any relevant supporting documents and witnesses. The defendant will then have an opportunity to respond with any witnesses or documents. Each side will have the opportunity to ask questions of the other parties' witnesses.

The judge may also ask questions to aid in understanding the facts and the issues to be decided. The judge may rule from the bench, and you will typically leave that day with a copy of the judge's written order. In some instances, the complexity of the case will require the judge to take the case under advisement and issue a written order at a later date. In that circumstance, a copy of the judge's order will be mailed to all parties at the address on record with the Court.


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