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Carrie B. Markham, Judge

200 Court Square
Newnan, GA 30263
PHONE: (770) 254-2640
FAX: (770) 254-2648
EMAIL: cowetaprobate@coweta.ga.us

Hours of operation: 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
All filings for Estates/Guardianships/Conservatorships and all Licensing Applications must be filed by 4pm.


 

COUNTY PROBATE COURT OPERATIONAL CHANGES

Carrie B. Markham, Judge

 

NOTICE

On March 14, 2020, Chief Justice Harold Melton of the Georgia Supreme Court issued an Order Declaring a Statewide Judicial Emergency in the State of Georgia pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 38-3-60  et. seq. due to the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.  This Order directs courts to endeavor to remain open to address essential functions, and suspends, tolls, extends, and otherwise grants relief from certain deadlines.  The Order terminates on April 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless otherwise extended.

As a result, please be advised that there will be temporary changes in our delivery of services.  EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, OUR OFFICE WILL BE SUSPENDING OUR “WALK-IN” POLICY AND WILL ACCEPT ESSENTIAL MATTERS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Essential matters include, but are not limited to:

  • Emergency Petitions for Guardianship or Conservatorship
  • Permanent Petitions for Guardianship or Conservatorship with accusations of abuse, neglect, or harm
  • Other legitimate emergency petitions or motions
  • Medical consent guardianships
  • Involuntary treatment/mental health hearings
  • Orders to Apprehend
  • Disposition of remains permits
  • Urgent request for a vital record
  • Issuance of new marriage licenses

Issuance of vital records should be accomplished by written request via US Mail if possible.

If you are currently a Coweta County Weapons Carry License holder and your permit is set to expire during this time period, please be advised that licenses that expire on their face during the emergency period will remain in effect during the emergency period.

Please be advised that we will continue to accept court filings via U.S. Mail.  In addition, we will accept court filings via the mail slot located on the west side of our building.  Please visit our website at www.coweta.ga.us/government/courts/probate-2020 for access to standard filing forms.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation.  Please contact our office at 770-254-2640 or email us at cowetaprobate@coweta.ga.us with any questions or if you have an essential matter.


Weapons Carry License Information Sheet

Regarding Chief Justice Melton’s Statewide Judicial Emergency Order dated March 14, 2020

 

            Probate courts across the state of Georgia will temporarily suspend acceptance of applications for Weapons Carry Licenses and Renewal Weapons Carry Licenses pursuant to an Order of the Supreme Court of Georgia declaring a Judicial Emergency. That Order may be found at https://www.gasupreme.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CJ-Melton-amended-Statewide-Jud-Emergency-order.pdf

            If you are due to renew during the Emergency period, your license will not expire. Chief Justice Melton’s Order essentially pushes “PAUSE” on all deadlines created by law or rule. Therefore, you will still be able to renew after the Emergency ends. Presently, that date is April 14, 2020. If that date is extended, further order will issue.

            To give you a concrete example of how this will work, simply add 30 days to whatever your expiration or renewal deadline is. A license expiring March 18, 2020, will expire April 17, 2020. The renewal deadline will extend to May 17, 2020.

            We thank you for your patience in this unusual time. If you have further questions, please call the court and we will be glad to help you.

 

Coweta County Probate Court

Judge Carrie B. Markham

(770) 254-2640

Responsibilities

The Probate Court of Coweta County handles a variety of matters, including guardianships of minors and incapacitated adults, cases involving decedent’s estates, and mental health evaluations and/or treatment, as well as other miscellaneous types of cases such as birth certificate amendments, boundary line disputes, and certain cases concerning trusts.

Additionally, applications for marriage and weapons carry licenses are processed in Probate Court.

All filings for Estates/Guardianships/Conservatorships and all Licensing Applications must be filed by 4pm.

Acceptable payment is cash, check or charge. (There is a 4.5% convenience fee for use of a charge card)

The Probate Court also monitors the handling of funds by many fiduciaries, for example, conservators of the property of a minor or incapacitated adult and any estate administrators who have not been relieved by the heirs of accounting to the court. This court does not handle traffic cases or probation for criminal sentences.

 

Expanded Jurisdiction

The Probate Court of Coweta County is an Article 6 Probate Court (Title 15, Chapter 9, Article 6, Official Code of Georgia Annotated), which means that it has enhanced or expanded jurisdiction. Under Article 6, which applies in counties having a population of 96,000 or more, the probate judge must be a licensed attorney with experience and qualifications equal to those for serving in the Superior Courts of Georgia. Article 6 Probate Courts have concurrent jurisdiction with the superior courts in certain matters and may conduct jury trials in issues properly before the court. Appeals from Article 6 probate courts are directed to the court of appeals or the supreme court, as appropriate.