Georgia Court Records
Georgia court records have been maintained since the beginning of the state’s judiciary in 1845. There are multitudes of volumes available for research in the law library located in Atlanta, which also serves Supreme Court justices and local legal professionals. The public is also allowed to search these court records online or in person.
The use of Georgia court records can be vitally important when researching a case or precedent in Supreme Court opinions. When preparing for an appeal or to represent yourself in court, it is always an important step to consult the local law library records and online for forms, court rules and next steps for your case.
History of Georgia Court Records
The Fulton County Law Library is located in Atlanta, and offers support to the Fulton County Superior Court and Georgia Supreme Court. Since the dawn of the state’s judicial system, court summaries, rules and procedures have all been recorded here. Oral argument recordings and copies of opinions are also held at the library. Other Georgia court records of interest include the official statutes of Georgia, historical amendments to the state’s constitution and Supreme Court procedures.
Georgia Court Records Availability
The Fulton County Law Library offers Georgia court records such as trial court transcripts, oral arguments and opinions issued by the Georgia Supreme Court, state and local statutes for review, as well as federal statutes and rules of the courts. This library provides services to justices, local legal counsel as well as members of the public who are simply interested in learning more about their judicial system.
Librarians can also help find Georgia court records that are pertinent to a specific type of court case when a member of the public decides to represent themselves in the court of law. Court forms and rules, procedures of the court and necessary background material are all available at the library and online.
Main Court Information
Founded in 1845, the Georgia Supreme Court was given exclusive appellate jurisdiction in 1983 by the state’s legislature in cases where there is a constitutional question or election contesting. This court also hears appeals regarding land title, wills, divorce and alimony, death penalty and writs of habeas corpus. At times, important cases from the court of appeals are also heard by the Supreme Court.
Georgia’s Supreme Court held its first session in Talbotten on January 26, 1846, and at the time was comprised of three judges. In 1896, a constitutional amendment allowed for three additional justices. In 1945, and additional amendment provided for a total of seven justices, which is how the court composition remains today. Georgia’s Supreme Court now meets in Atlanta.
Georgia’s Supreme Court receives approximately 2,000 filings per year. In 2007, there were 1,875 filings and 2,038 dispositions. In 2013, there were 1,936 filings and 1,944 dispositions. The highest year in recent history was in 2011 with 2,107 filings and 2,037 dispositions.