“ Gwinnett Judicial Circuit Guidelines for In-Court Judicial Proceedings ...more...
Gwinnett Judicial Circuit
GUIDELINES FOR IN-COURT JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS
Pursuant to the Chief Justice’s May 11, 2020 Second Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial
Emergency, the following guidelines for in-court proceedings are hereby established.
Safety is a major concern for anyone entering the courthouse. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of infection such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, or having known close contact with a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19 are asked not to enter the building. (Read more ...)
“ The Gwinnett County Clerk of Superior and State Courts announces the commencement of e-filing for criminal cases ...more...
Clerk makes eFiling available in Criminal Cases
Beginning June 24, 2020, attorneys and self-represented parties will have the option to electronically file into existing criminal cases via Tyler Technologies' Odyssey eFileGA. (Criminal eFile Guidelines)
Tiana Garner, Chief Deputy Clerk of the Gwinnett County Clerk's office, stresses the importance of participation in this effort. "When we initiate criminal e-filing on June 24th, it will not only make access to justice more convenient, but it will also aid in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by decreasing in-person contact at the Clerk's Office. Protecting the public and our employees is a top priority." (Read more) (Criminal eFile Guidelines)
“ Renewal Applications are valid only for those holding a current unexpired appointment from Gwinnett County.more...
- Mail In RENEWAL Notary applications will be accepted for commissions expired / expiring March through July 2020
- Application must be completed on the Clerks' Authority web site at http://www.gsccca.org/Projects/npapp.asp
- You must appear in person to the Clerk of Superior Court office located on the 1st floor, east wing of Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center between Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. Effective January 1, 2020 fee changes to $46.
- Effective November 1, 2017 all new notary applicants must complete the online notary training. You need a 90% or higher to receive the completion certificate. This certificate will need to be presented with your completed application. Exemption for attorneys only - a current Georgia Bar card will need to be presented in lieu of testing.
- More information about Notary Public
“ Effective January 15, 2020, it is the standing order of the Gwinnett County Magistrate Court to accept electronic filings ...more...
Effective January 15, 2020, it is the standing order of the Gwinnett County Magistrate Court to accept electronic filings through the Gwinnett County Clerk of Court's Electronic Filing Portal. Electronic filing in Magistrate Court is permitted, but not mandatory. All electronic filings shall be filed, signed and served in the form and manner set forth in O.C.G.A. 15-10-53.
Tradename Fee Change
“ EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2020, Tradename registration fee change ...more...
DD-214 for Veterans
“ CLERK OF GWINNETT SUPERIOR COURT NEEDS VETERANS TO REGISTER, ...more...
Veterans Day is an official United States Federal holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans.
The Gwinnett County Clerk of Superior Court Richard T. Alexander, Jr., is asking all veterans of all military branches of service to make sure their DD-214 is recorded at the courthouse. To record your DD Form 214 you will need one of the following:
- Copy 4 of DD Form 214; or
- Any copy of DD 214 with a raised seal issued by the United States National Personnel Records Center; or
- United States National Archives Form 13038.
Alexander stated, "I have discovered that many veterans do not know about this service and did not have their DD-214 recorded. Although veterans may have recorded their DD-214 in their home town or in a county or another state far away from Gwinnett, you are encouraged to record them here as well. If your DD-214 has been recorded somewhere else and you are now living in Gwinnett County, simply bring your DD-214 conforming to one of the above three (3) requirements to the Clerk of Superior Court’s Office Deed Room (Read more ...)
“ Effective August 01, 2019, the Gwinnett County Clerk of Superior Court will only accept Central Filing Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) ...more...
Effective August 01, 2019, the Gwinnett County Clerk of Superior Court will only accept Central Filing Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) by electronic filing through The Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority portal. We will no longer be accepting paper filings by mail and/or from walk in over the counter customers.
For first time filers- electronic filing requires registration which can be accessed at https://efile.gsccca.org/home.aspx. A Support Tab is available with step by step instructions for easy registration and filing process. Once registered, you may begin efiling immediately.
Richard T. Alexander, Jr., Clerk of Court
“ Beginning on January 1, 2019, attorneys shall be required to electronically file all pleadings and any other documents ...more...
MANDATORY E-FILING BEGINS JANUARY 1, 2019
In accordance with the provisions of O.C.G.A. §15-6-11 and O.C.G.A § 15-7-5, the Clerk of Courts of Gwinnett County began permissive E-filing on November 26, 2018, and E-filing will become mandatory for all state and superior civil cases via Tyler’s Odyssey eFileGA™ on January 1, 2019. Beginning on January 1, 2019, attorneys shall be required to electronically file all pleadings and any other documents to initiate a civil action or in a civil case in superior or state court. The following cases are exempt from the E-filing requirement: documents in connection with a pauper’s affidavit, any validation of bonds, pleadings or documents filed under seal or presented to the court in camera or ex parte, adoptions, and family violence protective temporary protective orders. (Read more)
“ Effective October 8, 2018, Gwinnett County Clerk of Court will accept all electronic filings in the Real Estate Division ...more...
Effective October 8, 2018, Gwinnett County Clerk of Court will accept all electronic filings in the Real Estate Division. All electronic filings can be made through the Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority (GSCCCA) eFile portal. You may register at: https://efile.gsccca.org/home.aspx Assistance may be found on the Authority's web page under the Support tab.
All statutory filing requirements mandated by law are still required. If you have any questions, please call 770-822-8100 and ask to speak with the Real Estate Division."
Richard T. Alexander, Jr., Clerk of Court
Clerk's TV Interview
“ We're proud to feature Richard Alexander, Superior Court Clerk of Gwinnett County. Mr. Alexander speaks about the diversity of Gwinnett county ...more...
Open Records and Meetings
“ Georgia has a long and proud tradition of encouraging openness in governmental meetings and records.more...
Civil Filing Forms
“ Effective January 1, 2018 Senate Bill 132 amended Georgia law for all civil case initiation and disposition forms for superior and state courts ...more...
Effective January 1, 2018 Senate Bill 132 amended Georgia law for all civil case initiation and disposition forms for superior and state courts, which are available on the clerk's website.
Title 9 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to civil practice, is amended by revising Code Section 9-11-133, relating to forms meeting requirements for civil case filing and disposition, as follows:
The Judicial Council of Georgia, with the approval of the Supreme Court, shall promulgate forms to be used for civil case filing and disposition forms information; provided, however, that the general civil case filing information form and domestic relations case filing information form shall be required to contain an acknowledgment by the filer that the complaint and any exhibits or other attachments satisfy the redaction requirements of Code Section 9-11-7.1."
"19-9-1.2. Pursuant to Code Section 9-11-3, and in addition to the filing requirements contained in Code Section 19-6-15, in all proceedings under this article the plaintiff shall file a domestic relations case filing information form prescribed by the Judicial Council of Georgia." (Read more ...)
“ Georgia Department of Revenue Public Notice Invalid and Renewed Liens under the State Tax Execution Modernization Act ...more...
Georgia Department of Revenue
Invalid and Renewed Liens under the State Tax Execution Modernization Act
On December 31, 2017, all state tax liens issued by the Georgia Department of Revenue which have been filed and recorded in any county in Georgia will become invalid, subject to renewal as follows. Any active state tax liens which were recorded or rerecorded within seven (7) years before January 1, 2018 are eligible to be renewed by the Department. All renewed state tax liens will be valid for a single ten (10) year period from the date of renewal. Renewed liens will maintain priority as of the original date of filing. (Read more ...)
Map & Plat
“ Effective January 1, 2018, all filing fees for maps and plats shall be paid ...more...
Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 15-6-67(b), effective January 1, 2017, requires that all plats and condominium plans submitted for filing with the clerk of superior court shall be submitted electronically. The clerk of superior court shall file and record plats and condominium plans relating to real estate in the county when submitted for filing as provided in this Code section and accompanied with any required filing fees or costs set forth in Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 15-6-77.
Effective January 1, 2018, all filing fees for maps and plats shall be paid through the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority (GSCCCA) efiling portal at the time of submission. All maps and plats reviewed by and/or approved by the Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development shall not be exempt from this filing fee requirement, and filing fees for all filers will be required at time of submission for recording through GSCCCA.org. For a list of recording fees for maps and plats, please click here.
Warrant App Fee Change
“ THIS NEW FILING FEE SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE AS OF APRIL 1, 2017 ...more...
ORDER SETTING WARRANT APPLICATION FEE
Pursuant to authority granted the undersigned by O.C.G.A. 15-10-82, the filing fee for a criminal warrant application is hereby set at $15.00. This amount does not include the Law Library fee, which the Clerk of Court is required to collect pursuant to local act of the General Assembly and in accordance with the order of the Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Gwinnett County dated December 9, 2008 (08-AA-0443). The Law Library add on fee is $5.00. Therefore, the total filing fee (inclusive of the Law Library fee) for criminal warrant applications, unless waived by statue or the Court, shall be $20.00. This new filing fee shall become effective as of April 1, 2017. (Read more ...)
“ EVERY MONTH GWINNETT PRO BONO PROJECT OFFERING FREE LEGAL HELP IN CONSUMER LAW AND PROBATE ....more...
“ The Supreme Court of Georgia recently approved a revision to the Business Court Division Rule ...more...
The Supreme Court of Georgia recently approved a revision to the Business Court Division Rule to allow Superior and State Court systems to join Fulton County’s current Business Court Division. The State Bar of Georgia’s Business Court Committee explored numerous options to expand the Business Court Division’s model in the State of Georgia. After consideration of various models, the Committee agreed to a regional expansion approach which allows counties in the Metro Atlanta area to join. Gwinnett State and Superior Court system sought to be the first County to join the newly expanded Metro Atlanta Business Court. This newly developed expansion continues the Business Court Committee vision that businesses throughout the state would have access to a specialized business court to consistently and efficiently resolve complex commercial litigation issues.
“ Mandatory Garnishment Law Changes on Disbursements Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 18-4-20 ...more...
Pursuant to the new statute controlling garnishments, O.C.G.A. 18-4-20, the plaintiff or plaintiff’s attorney must make application for funds paid to the clerk. Therefore, the clerk will require an original application with original signatures from the plaintiff or plaintiff’s attorney before funds will be paid to the plaintiff. This applies in all courts.
In addition, the clerk requires a Certificate of Service with original signatures or other proof of service upon all defendants along with the application for funds. In other words, both the application and proof of service must be in the clerk’s file to proceed with funds disbursement with no exceptions.
The application for funds is available on our website in the forms packets in both Magistrate Court and State Court. The service certificate is available as an individual document under garnishment forms.
“ In Senate Bill 255, the General Assembly has substantially rewritten Georgia's Garnishment Code. ...more...
Senate Bill 255close
In Senate Bill 255, the General Assembly has substantially rewritten Georgia's Garnishment Code. The revised Garnishment Code includes O.C.G.A. 18-4-6(b) which requires the Attorney General to develop a list of exemptions from garnishment and maintain the list on the Department of Law's website. The list has been developed and is available at www.law.ga.gov/garnishment-exemption. A copy of the list also has to be transmitted to each clerk of court who issues summonses of garnishment.
“ In looking for ways to break down language barriers, the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit and Clerk of Court have added the Google Translate ...more...
Google Translate Applicationclose
In looking for ways to break down language barriers, the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit and Clerk of Court have added the Google Translate application to the Clerk of Court website. The Google Translate icon is located in the top right hand corner of every page. By clicking on the drop down list, litigants can select the appropriate language and Google Translate will convert the entire webpage into that language.
The goal is to provide basic court information and foster a better understanding of the judicial process through language access before litigants get to court. However, the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit and Clerk of Court cannot guarantee the accuracy of the translations; therefore, litigants should still consult with an attorney for any legal advice and assistance.
“ Upon consideration of the application to vacate judgments entered in favor of Rome Finance Co Inc et al ...more...
The Application Grantedclose
“ PROOF OF ASSIGNMENT OF JUDGMENT REQUIRED FOR ALL GARNISHMENT AFFIDAVITS NOT FILED BY ...more...
Proof of Assignment Judgment Requiredclose
PROOF OF ASSIGNMENT OF JUDGMENT REQUIRED FOR ALL GARNISHMENT AFFIDAVITS NOT FILED BY ORIGINAL JUDGMENT CREDITOR
Effective December 15, 2014, it is the standing order of the Gwinnett County Magistrate Court that a party filing a garnishment action who is not the original judgment creditor (i.e. judgment plaintiff) must, in addition to filing proof of an active judgment, file proof that the judgment has been assigned to the filing party along with the garnishment affidavit.
“ The public should be aware of a scam that is occurring across the nation.more...
The public should be aware of a scam that is occurring across the nation.
You may receive a telephone call or text message notifying you that you have missed jury duty and that you should immediately call the telephone number provided. The text further directs the recipient to call the number to pay a fine. THIS COMMUNICATION IS A BOGUS NOTICE.
No one affiliated with the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit Clerk of Superior Court’s office nor the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office staffs send text or email messages to jurors of this nature. We would contact jurors via telephone but, when we do, the respective staff member will identify themselves. Our automatic telephonic messaging system provides notices to jurors concerning status of cases and appearances. If you are asked to call the office, the telephone number provided will be the main Gwinnett County switchboard number 770-822-8000.
“ A Parent Seminar is a four-hour educational seminar required of specific domestic actions involving a child or children...more...
A Parent Seminar is a four-hour educational seminar required of specific domestic actions involving a child or children under 18 years of age where the parties are involved in a divorce, separate maintenance, paternity, change of custody, visitation, legitimation, and any other domestic action, excluding contempt, and generally, domestic violence.
The program shall be successfully completed within 31 days of service of the original complaint upon the original defendant. Appropriate action, including but not limited to contempt, may be taken upon a party's failure to successfully complete the workshop. Parties do not have to attend the seminar with their spouses or ex-spouses. Children are not allowed in the workshop. Pre-registration is required.
“ Domestic Violence Under Georgia Law, "family violence" is the occurrence of any felony, battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, stalkingmore...
Family Violence Actclose
Domestic Violence Under Georgia Law, "family violence" is the occurrence of any felony, battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, or criminal trespass between past or present spouses, persons who are parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other persons living or formerly living in the same household, and does not include reasonable discipline administered by a parent to a child in the form of corporal punishment, restraint, or detention.
“ Recorder's Court handles traffic citations that are written by the Gwinnett County Police Department, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Departmentmore...
Recorder's Court handles traffic citations that are written by the Gwinnett County Police Department, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department, Georgia Department of Driver Services, and the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Pay your citation online at www.gwinnettrecorderscourtpmts.com
Pay your citation by phone at 1-877-794-0988
“ You or your attorney will be required to file financial information on an approved "Child Support Worksheet" before the courtmore...
Child Support Guidelinesclose
You or your attorney will be required to file financial information on an approved "Child Support Worksheet" before the court can consider any calculation of child support. Both parties are required to file a worksheet.
This worksheet and instructions are available at the Superior Court Clerk's Office or may be found on-line in an electronic format at the Office of Child Support Services web site: https://services.georgia.gov/dhr/cspp/do/public/SupportCalc
This worksheet must be filed timely in accordance with the requirements of the statute and local court orders. You will not get a hearing without your information being accurately supplied on a worksheet filed with the clerk's office.
Documents and forms at Superior Court
Information on this website is provided as a public service. Court calendars may change or may not be accurate. NO CALENDAR DATE ON THIS WEBSITE IS OFFICIAL.
PLEASE NOTE: CALENDAR DATES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL THE COURT CALENDAR IS TRANSMITTED TO THE PARTIES.
If you have a summons or notice of hearing it should give you the location of the building where you should appear. If you are looking for a specific service then you may want to telephone to ask which building houses the court or department you are looking for at 770-822-8000.