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Warrants / Magistrates

REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING A WARRANT
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."
A police report must first be made on all felony and misdemeanor offenses. All felony offenses require an investigation by the police agency having jurisdiction. The victim must bring the offense report and will be required to complete a deposition form before being put under oath to testify to the circumstances of the offense. If probable cause is determined by the magistrate, an arrest warrant will be issued. Once a warrant has been issued, it cannot be recalled by this office. An arrest warrant is NOT a matter of public record until it has been served. If you suspect that a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you must appear in person at the Russell County Sheriff's Department.
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 RUSSELL COUNTY WARRANT MAGISTRATE'S OFFICE IS AS FOLLOWS:
  • Misdemeanors - Offenses occurring outside each municipality city limits.
  • Felonies - Offenses that occur in Russell County.
  • Traffic - Offenses that occur in Russell County.
  • Worthless Checks - All checks received in Russell County.
Office location:
Russell County Judicial Center
501 14th Steet
Phenix City, AL 36867
Telephone: 334-298-0516

(By appointment only)