The city of Flovilla no longer has a municipal court.
An act of the Georgia General Assembly passed earlier this year, which took effect July 1, abolished the city’s court and granted the Butts County Magistrate Court jurisdiction over cases previously heard by municipal judges. The act also transfers any pending city cases to the Magistrate Court.
The legislation dissolving the Flovilla Municipal Court was requested by city officials last fall. The bill, signed by Gov. Brian P. Kemp April 30, eliminates from the city charter a section that established a city court in 1993. House Bill 613 was sponsored by state Reps. Susan Holmes and Andy Welch.
City officials said last fall the municipal court was no longer necessary and had become costly over the past several years.
Flovilla’s Municipal Court was operated through an agreement with the city of Jackson. The same municipal court clerk was appointed by each entity, and court sessions were held in the city of Jackson’s Municipal Court Building on South Mulberry Street.
Flovilla, in turn, paid a share of the costs of operating the court, including wages and other fees.
Flovilla City Clerk Annie Mitchell said last year that revenues the city received from its municipal court haven’t covered expenses since at least 2014. Over the four years from 2014 to 2017, the city paid out $33,893 in expenses and received $28,694 in revenues — a $5,199 loss over that time.
The court’s biggest loss in the past four years came in 2015, when the city paid $6,760 and took in $4,080.