In Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia, the Warrant Office of the Civil Court issues arrest warrants for both misdemeanors and felonies. The Civil Court works very closely with the Magistrate Court; the Civil Court is considered the court of record, which means that they issue citations, while the Magistrate Court is the court of inquiry, in which actions are filed and preliminary hearings are held. When an arrest warrant is issued by the Civil Court, it is processed through the Records Bureau of the county sheriff's office. The Records Bureau processes all paperwork generated by court and law enforcement officers. In 2009 they processed more than 8,000 warrants. Once processed, the sheriff's office executes the active warrants, which are warrants that have been issued but not yet executed, and also maintains the outstanding warrants, which are warrants that have been active for a certain period of time without having been executed.
In order to receive warrant information, contact the Warrant Office of the Augusta-Richmond County Civil Court. Their phone number is 706-821-1051, and they are located at 735 James Brown Blvd, Suite 1400, Augusta, GA, 30901. They are open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, and have public access from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM on the weekend. If you want to search the cases on the courts' dockets, the Clerk of Superior, State and Juvenile Court for Augusta-Richmond County maintains an online database which can be searched by name or case number. It is located at http://coc.augustaga.gov/webFormFrame.aspx?page=main. The sheriff's department provides a list of recent arrest records, searchable by inmate's name and located at http://appweb2.augustaga.gov/InmateInquiry/AltInmatesOnline.aspx. Furthermore, the Records Bureau of the sheriff's office will fulfill requests for background checks and incident reports. They require a form of government ID before providing the reports, and must see a Social Security card before processing a background check. For further information, contact them at 706-821-1010. They are located at 401 Walton Way, Augusta, GA, 30901.
Between the years of 2008 and 2010, more than 94,000 crimes occurred in Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia. They included burglary, theft, robbery, auto theft, forgery, arson, narcotics, domestic violence, child molestation, aggravated assault, rape, murder and missing persons. In 2008 the total was more than 33,500 crimes, but in 2009 that dropped to under 32,000 crimes. From 2009 to 2010 there was a further drop, to just over 29,000 crimes. This is an encouraging trend for Augusta-Richmond County.