Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts

Court Records

State office

Administrative Office of the Courts

Address
244 Washington St SW, #300 Atlanta, GA 30334-5900
Phone
404-656-5171
Fax
404-651-6449
Hours
8:30AM-5PM

Records Available:

The Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts is the central registry for court information from all 1100 Georgia courts: superior, state, magistrate, juvenile, probate, recorder’s, municipal, and civil. By law, court records are public, including trial transcripts, docket information, evidence, motions, and pleadings. Civil proceedings are held at all 1100 courts, criminal records at all but civil courts, domestic relations records at superior, juvenile, and probate courts, and probate records at superior, juvenile, and probate courts.

Georgia  Court Record Availability

Except for certain online research capabilities, all court record access must be done at the local level.

Access to Georgia Court Records

Retrieving Records

Court records are obtained by contacting the court where the case was filed and by providing the docket number and party/date case information to the clerk of court. The Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts has links to the various courts’ websites for contact information. However, with 1100 courts in Georgia and no statewide search system, searching without a docket number is extremely time-consuming. Copies of the records can be requested by mail or by phone.

Cost

As of 2011, free online searches are available for the supreme court, and Cobb and Gwinnett counties; for other counties, the clerk of court must be contacted.

Years Available

Georgia public civil and criminal court records are kept for only 20 years and then destroyed; capital offense records are kept for 70 years.