Operating Procedures

Local Court Operating Procedures
Although probate practice is essentially uniform in Georgia, there is a 2-tiered system of Probate Courts in Georgia with certain different rules applying in Article 6 Probate Courts. Additionally, each Probate Court will likely have its own rules and preferences with regard to the filing of documents and pleadings, the setting of hearings and trials, and other procedures. In Georgia, there are uniform rules of court applicable to the various levels of court. To access the Uniform Probate Court Rules, please visit the the Georgia Probate Court website.

The following local operating procedures apply to the Probate Court of Carroll County, as directed by Judge Cason. Compliance with these local procedures will assist in the timely and orderly disposition of matters filed in this court.
  1. Communication With the Judge
  2. Guardianship & Conservatorship
  3. Fax & Electronic Submittals
  4. Hearings & Trials
  5. Payment of Costs
  6. Probate Court Standard Forms
  7. Required Format
Communication With the Judge
Judges are generally not permitted to have private (ex parte) communications, correspondence or discussions with persons involved (as parties or counsel or witness) in matters pending before the court or which can reasonably be expected to be filed in the court. There is an exception, however, when all parties or counsel are present.

Parties/counsel should not attempt to have private conversations with the Judge regarding a pending or potentially pending matter. Copies of all correspondence with the court should be sent to all other parties/counsel.