Linda    Dixon    Thompson    -    Clerk    and    Court    Administrator

Clerks of Superior Court have been elected county constitutional officers since 1798, when framers of Georgia's constitution created the office and provided for election of a clerk in each county of the state. The Clerk is accountable only to the people who elect him. He 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 checks-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 imposed and required by law; 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.

MANDATORY         SUPERIOR         AND
STATE         COURT         CIVIL         E-FILING

Civikl eFiling

Legislation Change: SB 407, (§O.C.G.A. 15-6-11 and §15-7-5)
Passed in the 2018 Legislative Session, Effective Date: January 1, 2019

This bill makes it mandatory for all superior court and state court civil cases and/or pleadings to be electronically filed through a certified approved e-file portal. There are a few case types that are excluded from the mandatory provision and shall remain paper original filings such as pauper’s affidavits, bond validations, sealed cases/pleadings, adoptions, sealed depositions, ex parte, temporary protective orders (TPO), stalking and in camera cases.

As of January 1, 2019, No paper original cases shall be accepted in any Clerk of Courts Office throughout the State of Georgia. The only exceptions are cases listed above and cases filed prior to January 1, 2019. By law, paper original cases filed prior to January 1, 2019 can remain a paper filed case until the case is completed.

More information can be found in this release.