Georgia Court Records

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.

Caseload Statistics

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.

Georgia Court Structure

Georgia Court Statistics

Georgia Courts receive 3,330,614 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 1,856,955 filings and gave 1,367,106 dispositions. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 2,932,073 filings and had 2,211,055 outgoing cases.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Georgia at year end of 2016 has decreased by 14.3% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 175,303 with a rate of 1,767 cases per 100000 population, lower than it’s in 2016.

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Georgia

More Domestic Relations Cases than Georgia:
State: Caseload:
New York570,709
Pennsylvania342,163
Texas397,468
California388,903
Virginia342,040
Less Domestic Relations Cases than Georgia:
State: Caseload:
Illinois141,703
Missouri117,946
Maryland111,299
North Carolina121,737
Michigan114,563

Georgia Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Georgia counts 530,477 with 86,965 felony cases and 361,923 misdemeanors accordingly.

Georgia Court Locations

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s BirthdayMonday, January 15, 2018
State HolidayMonday, April 23, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
Veterans Day (Observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
State HolidayFriday, November 23, 2018
Washington's Birthday (Observed)Monday, December 24, 2018
Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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