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Clerk of State Court

Georgia State Seal/State Court of Douglas County
Georgia State Seal/State Court of Douglas County 
Contact: Tammy Howard - Clerk of Superior and State Court
8700 Hospital Drive - Main Floor, Douglas County Courthouse
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
Phone: 770.489.5232

The Clerk of State Court is the custodian of records for State Court, which includes criminal misdemeanor, civil cases and traffic citations. The State Court of Douglas County became effective July 1, 2001; its work was previously handled by the Superior and Probate Courts.

Clerk of State Court Tammy Howard
Clerk of State Court Tammy Howard 
The Clerk of State Court was originally created with three employees to work under the Clerk of Superior Court with the assistance of the the Clerk of Superior Court's other personnel. As the workload increased, additional employees have been authorized.

Traffic Citations:
The State Court of Douglas County inherited all active traffic citations from the Probate Court effective July 1, 2001. The caseload has increased since that time, and will continue to increase with the addition of the Sheriff's Department new task forces. Over 7500 new traffic citation cases were filed in the first six months of the Court's life. Over 15,000 traffic citation cases are anticipated in 2002. 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.

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.