Notice

In no event shall Chatham County or any Clerk of Courts be liable for damages of any nature, including any loss of profits, lost savings or other incidental or consequential damages arising out of your use or inability to use this Internet service.

Any and all information contained within the case management system database is recorded with an understanding that the information is true and correct in as far as all aspects of the documents physically filed with the Clerks of various Courts.

DECLARATION OF JUDICIAL EMERGENCY REGARDING HURRICANE IAN

The Chatham County Courthouse be closed for business at 1 :00 p.m. September 29, 2022 and to reopen at the start of business on October 3, 2022. For purposes of clarity, this Order also encompasses the Chatham County Juvenile Courthouse.


Read the full order here

Effective July 1, 2022- re:SearchGA

Dear Court partners, legal professionals, and citizens:


In our continued efforts to provide the most up-to-date, secure, and effective electronic access to your cases and court records, we introduce you to re:SearchGA. Beginning July 1, 2022, we will transition from Portal to re:SearchGA for all of your case search needs.

In 2017, all Chatham County Courts — Recorders', Magistrate, Probate, State, and Superior Court --converted to the Odyssey Case Management System. This conversion was necessitated as the prior case management system had reached the end of its service life. The conversion was also done in anticipation of the rapidly approaching Mandatory Civil E-Filing in 2019. At the time of the conversion into the Odyssey Case Management System, the Courts were able provide access to users to look up and print court documents. The system that allowed this ability to search is Portal. Portal continues to be an option to view court documents but does not allow parties their "no charge" access to document s in the case.

January 1, 2019, State and Superior Courts were legislatively ordered in Senate Bill 407 to begin mandatory electronic civil E-Filing. The Legislative requirements for E-Filing, mandated that Attorneys and self-represented litigants have access to view and download all electronically- filed documents in their case. To meet the new mandate of SB407, the reciprocal program re:SearchGA was created to allow Attorneys, self-represented litigants and users to search for cases and access documents.


We are transitioning away from Portal to perform case searches to re:SearchGA as the sole method of case research and document retrieval. This transition is done in continued compliance with SB407 and to ensure continued safety and security of Court records. re:SearchGA is a robust and resilient system and will help move us towards our future technology needs. Lastly re:SearchGA provides the best system security.



Court functions may change outside what has been defined in the Judicial Order. An up-to-date list is provided below.

For as long as a State-Wide Judicial Emergency is in effect the Courts will address essential functions, which are defined by the various Courts as follows:


Superior Court:
**New Procedures and Protocols for Superior Court**
** Superior Court Bond Hearing Protocol Effective 9/9/2021 **
Webex Room Instructions
Video Court Instructions for Counsel to Provide to Clients

Recorder's Court:
All Recorder's Court operations have been resumed. Failure to appear for Recorder's Court for traffic citation(s) will result in you being held in contempt and charged an additional fee of $100. This could suspend your license if not taken care of.
Office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm

State Court:
In August 2021, State Court began holding limited court sessions. In January 2022, State Court began a full event calendar with the exceptions of civil jury trials. Beginning April 1, 2022, State Court implemented civil and criminal jury trials.

Magistrate Court:
All in-person proceedings in civil cases are being scheduled on a limited basis; however, the Court is allowing parties and witnesses to participate in virtual hearings/trials. As these are trying times, the Court expects all parties to exercise the utmost professionalism in their dealings with others.
* TEMPORARY PROTOCOLS FOR CIVIL TRIALS IN CHATHAM COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT *

Probate Court:
Probate Court is offering all services with safety protocols explained on their webpage. With the exception of mental health orders to apprehend and petitions for emergency guardianships/conservatorships, all services are by appointment only and walk-in customers will be required to make an appointment. Instructions and links are provided on their webpage. At this time, Probate Court is accepting payment by credit card, money order or cashier's check only. Probate Court is open from 8am until 5pm but closed between noon to 1pm for station cleaning and lunch. Anyone seeking to file an emergency pleading should attempt to arrive at court before 4pm to allow time for processing.

Juvenile Court:
Juvenile Court shall remain open only to address essential functions necessary to protect the health, safety, and liberty of individuals. That shall include, but is not limited to, detention, and dependency emergency removal matters. If you have a hearing and are sick, contact the court before coming. For questions about Juvenile Court matters, please contact your attorney, see the Chatham County Juvenile Court website, or call 912-652-6700.

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