In Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia, the Warrant Officer of the Civil Court issues arrest warrants for 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. The Magistrate Court is the court of inquiry, in which actions are filed preliminary hearings are held. When the Civil Court issues an arrest warrant, 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 maintains the outstanding warrants, which are warrants active for a certain period without having been executed.
To receive warrant information, contact the Warrant Officer 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 that can be searched by name or case number. It is located at http://coc.augustaga.gov/webFormFrame.aspx?page=main. The sheriff’s department provided a list of recent arrest records, searchable by inmate’s name, and located 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 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.