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Magistrates

Amendment Number Four in the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution states, " The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Warrant Magistrate's Office Hours

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Office located on the 4th Floor
Telephone: 256-351-4644

Magistrates are a part of the judicial branch of government and are required to exercise independent judgment in the issuance of arrest warrants. The United States Supreme Court has determined that persons issuing warrants must be "neutral and detached" from the law enforcement function.

JURISDICTION OF THE MORGAN COUNTY WARRANT MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE IS AS FOLLOWS:

  • Misdemeanors - Offenses occuring outside each municipality city limits.
  • Felonies - Offenses that occur in Morgan County
  • Traffic - Offenses that occur in Morgan County
  • Worthless Checks - All checks received in Morgan County

    REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING A WARRANT:

    A police report must first be made on all felony and misdemeanor offenses. All felony offenses will require an investigation by the police agency having jurisdiction. The victim must fill out a deposition before being put under oath to testify to the circumstances of the offense. A probable cause determination will be made after testimony is taken. If probable cause is found, an arrest warrant will be issued. There is no cost involved in this process.

    An arrest warrant is NOT a matter of public record until it is served. If someone suspects that a warrant has been issued against him, he must appear in person at the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.