NOTICE:  Effective Monday, March 23, City of Creedmoor Mayor Bobby Wheeler and Granville County Board Chair David Smith have issued joint declarations of a State of Emergency in the City of Creedmoor and Granville County.  The emergency declarations reaffirm all previously issued Executive Orders by Governor Roy Cooper, and Mayor Wheeler's declaration reaffirms restrictions put in place by Granville County.

City playground facilities at Lake Rogers Park and Harris Park are closed to the public until further notice.  Visitor access to the Creedmoor Police Dept will be restricted via intercom confirmation of necessity.  City Hall and Community Development office staff may be reached by phone or email, and may schedule appointments for in-person meetings. Please call the main line (919) 528-3332, Option 0 or email  Read the Declarations.


Granville County Magistrate's Office

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The Magistrate is a judicial officer of the North Carolina General Court of Justice - District Court Division who handles certain criminal and civil matters. In criminal cases, a Magistrate issues warrants and sets bail. A Magistrate may also accept guilty pleas and payments of fines and costs for traffic violations and minor misdemeanors, and in some counties, may conduct trials in certain worthless check cases. In civil cases, the Magistrate presides over small claims court cases under $5,000. 

Qualifications and Term Requirements
Magistrates are appointed to a four-year term by the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge from among persons nominated by the Clerk of Superior Court. The Chief District Court Judge sets their work schedules. A Magistrate must have a four-year degree from an institution of higher learning, or a two-year degree plus four years of relevant work experience. Magistrates must participate in continuing professional education for as long as they serve. Their salaries are set by statute and are based on years of service as a Magistrate.

Obtaining a Warrant
What to Bring
In order to obtain a warrant, the plaintiff must at least have the defendant’s name and address available; Without this basic information, a warrant cannot be obtained.

  • Warrants shall only be issued in the county/jurisdiction
     where the crime actually occurred.
  • If the plaintiff is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian
     must be present to obtain the warrant on their behalf.
  • A warrant may not be obtained on a defendant under 16
     years of age without juvenile petition being taken out by
     Juvenile Services or Law Enforcement Officer.
  • Citizens may obtain misdemeanor warrants only. Law
     Enforcement Officers must obtain felony warrants.
  • Domestic restraining orders may be obtained in
     the Magistrate's office.
  • Civil restraining orders must be obtained in the Clerk’s
  • Civil processes must be issued in the county in which the
    defendant resides.

What to Expect
The Magistrate will determine probable cause for the issuance of the warrant and a court date will be set. The Magistrate is an independent judicial official who does not offer legal advice.

Office Hours
24 Hours a day/7 Days a Week

Magistrates Office
147 Williamsboro Street
Oxford, NC 27565
(919) 693-8768


 Magistrate's Gavel

NC Lawbooks


Granville County Courthouse

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