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Georgia State Seal/State Court of Douglas County
The Clerk of State Court is the custodian of records for State Court, which includes criminal misdemeanor, civil cases and traffic citations.
Clerk of State Court Tammy Howard
Civil Case Documents/New Civil Case Filing: 770.920.7573 or Click Here for On-line Filing
Misdemeanor Case Information: 770.489.5232
Record Room: 770.920.7441
Traffic Citation: 770.489.5232 or www.PayYourTix.com
Please see Frequently Asked Questions section: (Example of question & answer) Q: May I write a check for my fine? A: No; we will accept cash, money orders, and cashier's checks. You may also pay with a debit or credit card in the office for a 4% convenience fee.
Waiver of Arraignment
To waive your appearance at your Criminal/Traffic/DUI Arraignment hearing, please complete the appropriate Arraignment Waiver form (under downloadable documents) and file it with the Clerk's office 24 hours PRIOR to your scheduled hearing date.
Criminal and Civil Cases:
Criminal misdemeanor and civil cases are filed and maintained in the Clerk of State Court office. Each case is assigned a number and judge. Each criminal case could have more than one defendant and numerous charges. Each civil case could have numerous parties as plaintiff or defendant. The Solicitor General's Office, the Public Defender's Office, private attorneys, plaintiffs or defendants will file all original documents pertaining to the case in the Clerk of State Court. Once a criminal case is sentenced or closed, the office processes the necessary paperwork to send to the applicable State agency. Fines are paid either to the Clerk of State Court or to the Probation Office, and the Clerk of State Court processes and disburses the monies to twelve local and State agencies.
*MANDATORY E-FILING OF CIVIL CASES*
Welcome to Civil e-Filing. To setup your eFileGA account and electronically file your civil or family case, Click Here for On-line Filing. The Self Help section contains Training Videos, FAQs, User guides, Self Service and Web Training Sessions to help make the E-Filing process easier. Civil cases can also be e-Filed from the Clerk of Superior Court's Office using PAT (Public Access Terminal). PAT's are available Monday thru Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM. If you are filing Pro Se, you will need to know what documents to file and how to file.
**READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BELOW TO MINIMIZE THE CHANCE OF YOUR FILING BEING REJECTED **
If you have exhibits to pleadings, the exhibits should be part of the lead document. If filing exhibits separately, include a notice of filing (filing code "Notice of Filing") as the first pleading, and use the filing code "Exhibit" for each exhibit cited in the notice of filing.
Use a separate filing code for ALL Original Signed Pleadings. We provide a comprehensive list of filing codes for you to select from. If you are unable to find a code that matches your pleading, please choose the code that most closely matches and include the actual title of your pleading under the “filing description”. The following forms and pleadings also require a separate filing code: Case Initiation Form, Case Disposition form, Sheriff Service, Standing Order, Verification, and Proposed Order.
Common Reasons for Rejection
-The filing code does not match the document. See the filing code section for instructions.
- This Case cannot be E-filed. See the Mandatory E-File Order for Case Type Restrictions.
- Exhibit(s) filed incorrectly.Go to Exhibits section for instructions.
- Filed in the wrong County.
- Filed in the wrong Court Location.
- Signature is missing.
- Incomplete information.
- Payment is required.
- Use a separate filing code for each document.See the Filing code section for instructions.
If you have questions about the Civil E-filing process, please contact our direct support number for assistance (State Court) 770-489-5232.
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Approved Process Server List
Civil Case Summons - 39.9KB
Directions to the Douglas County Courthouse - 23.6KB
Garnishment - Continuing - State Court - 56.1KB
Garnishment - One Time (Bank) - State Court - 63.8KB
Garnishment - Order for Hearing - State Court - 7.2KB
Garnishment - Plaintiff's Traverse - State Court - 7.1KB
Garnishment - Release - State Court - 14.3KB
New Civil Case Filing Initiation and Disposition Forms- effective 1/1/2018 - 219.7KB
Pro Se Answer Form - 43.5KB
STANDING ORDER FOR PROCESS SERVERS- STATE COURT - 2597.2KB
Standing Order for State Court - 621.0KB
State Court Fees - 454.9KB
Waiver of Arraignment DUI DRUG court only - 60.8KB
Waiver of Arraignment - 56.9KB
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