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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.

Georgia Court Records

History of Georgia Courts

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 Statistics

Georgia Courts recieve 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 dispositions.

Total State Caseloads

Year Caseloads
2012 3,341,169
2013 3,268,722
2014 3,510,359
2015 3,070,270
2016 3,462,550

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.

Share of Court Type Incoming Caseloads

Court Type Caseloads
Traffic: 2,082,034 (71.0 %)
Domestic Relations: 150,303 (5.1 %)
Civil: 699,736 (23.9 %)

Share of Court Type Outgoing Caseloads

Court Type Caseloads
Traffic: 1,581,016 (71.5 %)
Domestic Relations: 129,575 (5.9 %)
Civil: 500,464 (22.6 %)

Georgia 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.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Georgia at year end 2016 has decreased by 16.6% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases was 175,303 with a rate of 1,767 cases per 100,000 population, higher than it's in 2016.

Year Domestic Relations Caseload Total Statewide Caseload
2014 145,569 3,510,359
2016 150,303 3,462,550

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

Year Incoming Caseload Outgoing Caseload Caseload per 100,000 Population
2014 145,569 85,958 1,442
2016 150,303 129,575 1,458

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Georgia

More Domestic Relations Cases than Georgia:

State: Caseload:
New York 570,709
Texas 397,468
California 388,903
Pennsylvania 342,163
Virginia 342,040

Less Domestic Relations Cases than Georgia:

State: Caseload:
Illinois 141,703
North Carolina 121,737
Missouri 117,946
Michigan 114,563
Maryland 111,299

Georgia 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 Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Georgia counts 448,888 with 86,965 felony cases and 361,923 misdemeanors accordingly.

Year Criminal Caseload Misdemeanor Caseload Felony Caseload
2012 499,160 97,119 296,636
2013 491,474 86,704 301,825
2014 617,480 83,848 316,184
2015 540,394 75,218 299,649
2016 530,477 86,965 361,923

State Civil Caseload & Clearance Rates

In the last 5 years the number of civil cases has decreased by 110,015 cases, it went from 809,751 to 699,736.

Year Civil Caseload Clearance Rate
2014 767,329 75
2016 699,736 72