Video Conferencing is utilized for all First Appearance Hearings in the Magistrate Courtroom, located on the 1st floor of the Paulding County Judicial Building.
First Appearance Hearings are generally held every Monday at 11:30am. Wednesday's and Friday's at 10:00 am by a Magistrate Judge via video conference. The time and presiding judge varies depending on the Magistrate Office's calendar.
The First Appearance Hearing is an initial appearance for the defendant to be advised of the criminal charges that have been filed against them and to determine if a bond will be set.
If you wish to attend or participate in the First Appearance Hearing, please contact the court the day before to verify the time.
*****PLEASE NOTE In the event of inclement weather or holiday 1st Appearance Hearings will be held at the Paulding County Detention Center*****
****County offices will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr Holiday on Monday, January 15, 2018. First Appearance Hearings will be at the Paulding County Detention Center***