Provides Court clerk services in support of civil actions regarding private rights, arising either from contract or tort. The deputy clerks of the civil division are responsible for processing lawsuits, garnishments, evictions, personal property foreclosures and collecting cost adherent thereto. Other duties include docketing any type of pleadings filed on these cases. The civil division prepares court calendars for the Judges, and assists the Judges, attorneys, and deputies at jury trials, bench trials, prove damages hearings, dispossessory hearings, docket calls, motions and yearly calendar calls, in accordance with State Court rules and procedures.
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 10-1-393.8, effective July 1, 2006, it became illegal in the State of Georgia to publicly post or publicly display in any manner an individual's social security number. As used in this Code Section, "publicly post" means to "intentionally communicate or otherwise make available to the general public." Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 9-11-7.1, effective July 1, 2014, social security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers, financial account numbers and birthdates require some degree of redaction before the pleading/documentation can be admitted into evidence. Domestic practitioners with financial affidavits, worksheets and standing order responses usually have a number of these numbers in the documents.
Pertinent portions of the statute are as follows:
All records in the State Court Clerks' offices are generally public records and the inclusion of the social security number is prohibited and is in violation of the law. If additional personal information is necessary for credit, criminal history or other legitimate purposes, please review O.C.G.A. 10-1-393.8 and O.C.G.A. 9-11-7.1(a) before filing.
This office will not refuse to file a document that we are otherwise required by law to file, publicly post or publicly display for public inspection if O.C.G.A. 9-11-7.1(a) is not followed. The Clerk shall be held harmless for such filings in accordance with O.C.G.A. §10-1-393.8(d).
Please join us in reducing the opportunity of identity theft and the abuse of personal information.