Scott Chastain – Probate Judge
1 Broad Street Suite 204
Ellijay, GA 30540
The Probate Court of Gilmer County is committed to providing you with excellent customer service. We serve the interests of the citizens of this county by performing its unique constitutional duties in a manner that is professional, impartial, compassionate, and fiscally responsible.
Scott C. Chastain is Judge of the Probate Court in Gilmer County, Georgia.
In an effort to further serve the community, the Probate Court of Gilmer County accepts Visa and MasterCard credit card and debit card payments. A driver’s license along with the credit card must be presented at the front window to verify the identity of the card holder. A small convenience fee will be added to the court fees or fines.
In addition, you now have the ability to pay your traffic citation in the courtroom during traffic court. The process is quick, easy, and convenient. This service is provided by EZCourtPay, LLC.
Probate Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over the probate of wills, the administration of estates, the appointment of guardians and conservators for incapacitated adults and minor children, and commitments to involuntary evaluation and treatment for people with mental, drug or alcohol issues.
The Probate Court also issues marriage and weapons carry licenses and also performs a number of administrative duties which have been assigned to the Court over time. If you need a copy of a birth or death certificate, Judge Chastain also serves as the local Registrar and Custodian of Vital Records for Gilmer County.
Weapons Carry License applications are accepted Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please arrive no later than 4:15pm in order to allow for adequate time to complete the application. Applications may be picked up at the office of Probate Court in Gilmer County or you can go to
Weapons Carry License Application and start your application there. You will still need to come to our office to complete the application but some of your information should already be in the system.
Marriage License Applications are accepted Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please arrive no later than 4:15pm in order to allow for adequate time to complete the application. Applications may be picked up at the office of Probate Court in Gilmer County or you can go to Marriage License Applications and start your application there. You will still need to come to our office to complete the application but some of your information should already be in the system.
Probate Court Judges may hold habeas corpus hearings or preside over criminal preliminary hearings. If a jury trial is not requested, Probate Court Judges may also hear certain misdemeanors, traffic cases and violations of state game and fish laws in counties where there is no state court. Probate Judges administer oaths of office and when authorized by local statute, Probate Judges serve as Election Superintendents and make appointments to certain local public offices. Judge Chastain is currently serving as the Election Superintendent of Gilmer County.
The Probate Court staff will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about the services of this office or the procedures you must follow for a particular process. Please be advised, however, that state law prohibits our staff from rendering legal advice, restating the law or recommending specific ways to pursue legal action. If you have questions involving the interpretation of the law, we suggest you contact an attorney licensed in the State of Georgia.
Standard Georgia Probate Court forms are available under the “Standard Forms” drop-down menu on the Georgia Probate Court website: www.gaprobate.gov