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Magistrate Court General Information

Joyette Holmes, Chief Magistrate
32 Waddell Street
Marietta, GA 30090

(770) 528-8900
(770) 528-8947 (Fax)

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Deena Fincher, Court Administrator
Tahnicia Phillips, Clerk of Court
Kenya Jackson, Pretrial Division Manager

Our goal is to provide citizens with the most up-to-date and convenient information available regarding the processes and procedures utilized by Magistrate Court in handling issues involving abandoned motor vehicles, bad checks, garnishments, and small claims as well as providing information about mediation and weddings.

One of the primary responsibilities of the Cobb County Magistrate Court is to issue arrest warrants followed by the determination of probable cause in criminal cases. Only in ordinance violations does the Magistrate Court determine guilt or innocence. This court handles issues involving abandoned motor vehicles, bad checks, small claims.

Mission Statement

To provide the highest degree of judiciary and support services to those seeking judicial remedy from both civil and criminal issues and to diligently uphold state law to ensure that victims and defendants receive the entitlement prescribed by law.

History of Magistrate Court

The Magistrate Court was established in 1983 by the Georgia Legislature and replaced the former Justice of the Peace System.  The Cobb County Magistrate Court is one of the largest Magistrate Courts in Georgia.

The Magistrate Court is often referred to as the “People’s Court” due to the ease of accessibility and varied nature of matters, both civil and criminal.


Wedding ceremonies will be held seven days a week at 6 p.m. Additionally, ceremonies will be held on Saturdays and County holidays at 12 p.m.

County holidays are as follows:

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Holidays
  • Christmas Holidays

The parties must present a valid marriage license, which can be obtained from the Cobb County Probate Court. Questions regarding marriage license should be directed to the Probate Court at (770) 528-1932.

Parties wishing to be married should report to the Magistrate Court Clerk’s Office by 11:30 a.m. for a 12 p.m. ceremony and by 5:30 p.m. for a 6 p.m. ceremony. Questions regarding the ceremony should be directed to the Magistrate Court at (770) 528-8900

Weddings can be performed off-site by a judge. Please directly contact any of the judges listed below to schedule your ceremony. Any future correspondences will be handled outside of the Magistrate Court.

Judge Email
Charles Chesbro
(Spanish ceremony available)
[email protected]