Clerk of Superior Court
Clerks of the Superior Court have been elected county constitutional officers since 1798 when the framers of Georgia's constitution created the office and provided for the election of a clerk in each county of the state to serve 4-year terms. The Clerk is accountable only to the people who elect him or her. He or she is not an employee or appointee of any county or state commission or any agent or agency of the judiciary.
As an impartial county officer, the Clerk provides some of the most important check-and-balances needed in both local county government and the state's judicial system. The Clerk's duties include, but are not limited to, running the business arm of the local court system; accounting for all monies arising from fines, fees, court costs, and fees required by law; arraying and managing county trial and grand juries, including summoning jurors for service; providing oversight and administrative support to the county Board of Tax Equalization; and processing, protecting, and permanently maintaining citizens' court, land, and other important vital records.
The Clerk of Superior Court's Office also maintains Superior Court and Juvenile Court records, transmits all appeals to the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court, and records real estate transactions such as warranty deeds, quit claim deeds, security deeds, assignments, right-of-way deeds, easements, property plats, and power of attorney documents. In addition, this office is also responsible for recording fifas, military discharges, trade names, UCCs (Uniform Commercial Code), and various sorts of liens including mechanic liens, property tax liens, and hospital/doctor liens. In addition, this office collects probation fines, child support payments, property transfer taxes, and intangible taxes.
This department is also responsible for filing criminal cases, maintaining criminal warrants, and transmitting documents to GCIC, DDS, and DOR. This elected office also files civil cases such as divorces/annulments, adoptions, child support, name changes, habeas corpus cases, suits for damages, garnishments, and repossessions. This office also issues notary public commissions, performs jury management, keeps election ballots for the statutory time limit of two years, and assists the general public with obtaining copies of various court records and any other vital records.
- Full-Time Employees: 14
- FY 2021 Budget: $1,010,731