Welcome to the Clerk of Superior Court’s on-line office. The Clerk of Superior Court is an elected official charged with the filing and safekeeping of land and property records as well as the civil and criminal files of the court.
The office was created in 1798 by the state’s constitution and is one of four constitutional offices found in each county. The probate judge, tax commissioner and sheriff are the other three.
The duties of the clerk are statutory, varied and numerous. They are ministerial in nature and can be found in literally hundreds of statutes created by the legislature. In addition to the Official Code of Georgia the clerk is also obligated to follow the rules of the court for which he or she serves. Read the Court Clerk's Biography.
Some of the more common services provided are:
- Deed and Property Recording
- UCC Recording
- Plat Recording
- Civil and Domestic Court Filing and Processing
- Family Violence Filing and Processing
- Adoption Filing and Processing
- Notary Public Certificates and Management
- Records Management and Security
- Court Registry Management
- Transfer Tax and Intangible Tax Collection
- Lien Recording
- Armed Services Discharge Recording
- Criminal Court Filings and Processing
- Garnishment Filing and Management
- Appeals Filing and Processing
- Trade Name Registration
- Fine and Fee Collection and Disbursement
- Evidence Security and Management
The Clerk of Superior Court office is not a static entity. Needs of the citizenry change and functions expand and evolve. Beginning January 1, 2011, the Superior Court Clerks were tasked by the legislature to provide oversight and supervision to the Board of Equalization (BOE) in each county. While this duty is far removed from traditional court functions, the legislature determined changing the supervision of the BOE from the taxing authority and/or the property appraisal authority was in the best interest of the citizens of Georgia.
In keeping with the changing needs of the public, it is one of our goals to expand our on-line services each year. It is our desire for you to take care of as much of your court business as possible on-line rather than in line. We currently provide E-Notary and e-filing of UCC’s. We will be expanding to e-filing in real estate and court filings as those interfaces are developed.
The public can search open cases and see the parties and all the proceedings. They can view closed cases if the case number is known. However, we must balance what is provided on-line. Your privacy is important to us so we do not allow scanned images of filings to be displayed on the internet. Many factors that can be used for identity theft are found in court filings and we make every effort to safeguard your privacy while complying with Georgia’s Public Record Statutes.
We recognize that the courthouse can be a strange, confusing and sometimes an intimidating place for much of our population. The clerk and deputy clerks have a strong desire to help all parties who ask for assistance. But please be aware that the clerk and deputy clerks are STRICTLY FORBIDDEN to practice law or to give legal advice. Sound legal advice should only come from a licensed practicing attorney and we highly recommend all parties seek competent legal services. Please be understanding when we say that we cannot answer your questions.
We are here to serve you to the best of our abilities. If you need further assistance please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
With Best Regards,
Daniel W. Massey, Clerk