Rebecca L. Grist
Solicitor-General, Bibb County
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ROOM 504 BIBB COUNTY COURTHOUSE
601 MULBERRY STREET
MACON, GEORGIA 31201
Telephone: (478) 621-6572
Fax: (478) 621-6339
Sharell F. Lewis
Chief Assistant Solicitor-General
Elizabeth S. Howard
The Office of Solicitor-General is primarily responsible
for the prosecution of all criminal misdemeanor offenses filed in the
State Court of Bibb County. These cases include all misdemeanor warrants
initiated in the Bibb County Magistrate’s Office; all traffic citations
issued by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department, Bibb County Board
of Education Police, and the Georgia State Patrol; other citations issued
by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Bibb County Park Rangers
and Bibb County Animal Control; and other violations cited by the Mercer
Campus Police. Cases also arrive to the office via transfer from other
courts and offices including the Bibb County District Attorney’s
Office, the Macon Municipal Court and the Magistrate’s Court of
This office serves all the citizens of Bibb County. More
particularly, the office strives to protect victims of misdemeanor crimes;
aid law enforcement and seek equal justice in all such matters.
These offenses are investigated; victims and other witnesses
are interviewed; cases are prosecuted through jury and non-jury trials;
pleas are negotiated; and some cases are dismissed by the prosecutors
because of evidentiary problems.
COURT PROCEDURES: Requests for continuances,
entries of appearance and letters of representation should be directed
to the Solicitor-General or one of the Assistant Solicitors-General. Arraignments
and pleas are scheduled every Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. Non-jury trials
begin every Friday at 8:00 a.m. with additional non-jury days scheduled
at least one day per month at 9:00 a.m. Specially set trials are scheduled
through the Judge’s office. Cases of defendants incarcerated in
the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) are scheduled Tuesday mornings
at 7:00 a.m. in the courtroom located in the Bibb LEC.
COURT CALENDARS: Criminal court calendars
for pleas, arraignments and non-jury trials are prepared by the Solicitor-General’s
office and are typically completed two-three days before scheduled court
dates. Jury trial calendars are prepared at least three to four weeks
prior to the call of the calendar. Cases may be added by the parties or
their attorneys notwithstanding the completion of the calendar.
PAYABLE TICKETS: By order of the Court,
there are a number of citations which do not require a court appearance
by the defendant if the citation is uncontested. For such citations, the
Court has approved a schedule of fines that is maintained in the Office
of Solicitor-General and the State Court Clerk’s Office. Examples
of payable citations are traffic violations other than DUI, Suspended
License, Fleeing and Eluding and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Many
hunting and fishing violations and most county ordinance violations also
do not require an appearance in court. To find out if a court appearance
may be unnecessary, call the office at 478-621-6572.
VICTIM-WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:
Often times the victims of crimes feel like only the accused
has rights. The Solicitor-General’s Office strongly believes victims
should have rights and are to be treated with respect.
Victims of many types of crimes have rights and responsibilities
under a Georgia law (O.C.G.A. 17-17-1) called the Victim’s Bill
of Rights. The purpose of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program is to
educate and assist victims of such crimes.
As a victim, you have the right to be notified of: arrest
of the accused; availability of victim service programs; availability
of compensation for victims of violent crimes; any court hearings where
release of accused will be considered; release of the accused; court proceedings
during prosecution of the case; motion for new trial or appeal dates;
and parole or change of status of defendant if you request this in writing.
A victim also has the right to: express opinions on the
release of the accused pending court proceedings; express views on the
outcome of the case prior to plea negotiations or sentencing of the accused;
and complete a Victim Impact Statement.
It is the responsibility of the victim to provide the
police their address and home and work phone numbers (not pagers) in order
to be notified of various proceedings. If there is an arrest and the phone
numbers change, the Solicitor-General’s Office must be notified..
Any of this notification or other rights provided may be waived.
If you are the victim of a violent crime, you may be eligible
for victim compensation. You must have a completed application within
six months after the date of the crime. There does not have to be an arrest
in order to apply.
Compensation can help you with your out-of-pocket expenses
not already covered by insurance, Medicaid, worker’s compensation,
etc. Eligible expenses include medical, counseling, funeral and lost wages.
The Victim-Witness Program has compensation applications and can help
FAMILY VIOLENCE COUNSELING PROGRAM:
Statistics show domestic violence is a major problem in
our society. Acts of violence occur every 18 seconds in this country.
A woman is abused every 9-15 seconds. Six million women are beaten each
year by their husbands and boyfriends. 30% of all murders are committed
within the family and 13% are committed by spouses. Children are present
during 80% of the assaults against their mothers and 3 million children
witness domestic violence each year. These children are 1000 times likely
to abuse as adults. Many cases of domestic violence are not reported because
of feelings of helplessness, fear and shame. Domestic violence transcends
racial, age and socioeconomic boundaries.
The Georgia Code defines family violence as any felony,
battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, stalking, criminal damage
to property, unlawful restraint and criminal trespass between past or
present spouses, persons who are parents of the same child, parents and
children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children
and persons living or formerly living in the same household.
The Solicitor-General’s Office feels these are serious
matters and vigorously pursues the prosecution of such cases. Protecting
the victim from further acts of violence is a primary responsibility.
It is the goal of this office to stop the violence, not
to break up the family. Therefore, along with the cooperation of the State
Court Judge and the State Court Probation Office, the Family Violence
Counseling Program was begun in 1994. This program allows a first-time
offender to attend anger and violence counseling group sessions as an
alternative to prosecution. If the offender fails to attend as ordered
or commits a new offense, the case is then sent back for prosecution.
If you are a defendant charged with this type of offense
or if you are a victim who would like the Solicitor-General to recommend
this treatment of an offender, please contact the office and speak to
a prosecutor or the Victim-Witness Coordinator.