Probate Court

*** PUBLIC NOTICE: Sixth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency was issued as of September 10, 2020. ***


*** PUBLIC NOTICE: Effective August 1, 2020, due to an increase in GBI/Federal Records check, the cost for a new Firearms License will increase to $79.00.***


*** PUBLIC NOTICE: The Court requires applicants to apply for Firearms Licenses online and receive a confirmation number. We ask that you promptly call the Court to set up your appointment due to limited availability. We appreciate your patience as things are changing rapidly. ***


*** PUBLIC NOTICE: During this time, the Probate Court asks that any and all court filings be sent via mail. Thank you. ***


*** PUBLIC NOTICE: At this time, only the person conducting business is allowed entry. Thank you. ***


*** PUBLIC NOTICE: The Probate Court encourages each person to wear a mask, gloves and other Personal Protective Equipment if they have it. The Court will not be able to issue these items. Thank you. ***


Mission

The mission of the Walton County Probate Court is to serve the citizens of this county by performing the unique constitutional duties, given to the Probate Court, that is compassionate, impartial, professional and fiscally responsible.

Responsibilities

Georgia Probate Courts exercise exclusive, original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, administration of estates, appointment of guardians (minor and adult) and involuntary hospitalization of incapacitated adults and other individuals.

All probate court judges administer oaths of office, issue marriage and firearms licenses; some process United States Passports applications. 

Hearings

They may hold habeas corpus hearings or preside over criminal preliminary hearings. Unless a jury trial is requested, probate court judges may also hear certain misdemeanors, traffic cases and violations of state game and fish laws in counties where there is no state court. 

Elections

When authorized by local statute, probate judges serve as election supervisors and make appointments to certain local public offices.

Learn more about probate courts on the Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia website.

Traffic Court 

PAYING FINES BEFORE COURT:

If you wish to resolve your charges without coming to court, for most offenses you can pay the fine at the Probate Court or online and you will not have to appear for court on the date on your citation. You may pay the fine in person at the court with cash, a money order, Visa, or MasterCard. Please note there will be a convenience fee applied to all card transactions.

You can also pay your fine online by visiting https://www.ezcourtpay.com/Tix/Default.aspx.

To pay by phone, please call 800-262-0128.

While most traffic citations can be paid without having to come to court, there are some violations which require you to appear on the court date listed on your citations. Those offenses are as follows:

Aggressive Driving

Driving on a Suspended License

DUI

Driving without a License

Fleeing/Attempting to Elude

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

No Insurance

Possession of Marijuana

Racing

Reckless Driving

Speeding more than 24 mph (driver under 21)

Suspended/Cancelled/Revoked Registration

Application Acceptance Times

  • No marriage applications will be accepted after 4:30 p.m. daily. Must arrive no later than 4:15 p.m.
  • No passport applications will be accepted after 3:30 p.m. daily. Must arrive no later than 3:15 p.m.
  • No weapons carry permit applications will be processed from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or after 4 p.m. daily. You must arrive before 11 a.m. and before 4 p.m. in order to apply.

Payment

Visa and Master Card are accepted for most services, although a convenience fee will apply.

For your convenience, please bring EXACT CASH. Cash is not acceptable for all services.