Each of Georgia’s 159 counties has a Probate Court, with one judge for each court. The Probate Court performs many functions that are not limited to probate matters. In Greene County, the Probate Judge presides not only over probate and traffic matters, but is also the Chief Magistrate Judge, and Vital Records Custodian.
The Probate Court office exercises exclusive, original jurisdiction in the following:
Administration of estates
Appointment of guardians
Involuntary hospitalization of incapacitated adults and other individuals
Probate of wills
The Probate Court’s staff:
Administer oaths of office
Administer traffic cases and violations of state game and fish laws
Hear certain misdemeanors
Hold habeas corpus hearings
Issue firearms licenses
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