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  JUROR MESSAGE:     



Inside your juror summons envelope you will find a juror information form.  You are to complete the form at home and bring with you to the courthouse. If you have misplaced the form you can request another one from the Clerk.  Please see link below for juror excusal affidavit.



Proper dress is required and expected by prospective and/or trial jurors. (See our Dress Code Link below for more details)  No One under 10yrs. old ! Shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, hats, flip-flops, chewing gum, low cut blouses, etc. will be not allowed inside courtrooms. Jury service typically takes all day, so it is up to you to make any arrangements at home or work.  Effingham County jurors are paid $25.00 per diem for their service. 



If you have questions, contact the office of Clerk of Superior Court for Effingham County at (912) 754-2146.

 
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NEW eFILING OF PLATS MANDATED BY HB 1004

EFFECTIVE  JANUARY 1, 2017:  Do you file plats? If so, changes are coming to the filing process in the State of Georgia.  Effective January 1, 2017, all plats filed in Georgia must be filed electronically. Plats will no longer be ACCEPTED for filing in paper format.
The move to require the eFiling of plats was mandated with the passage of HB 1004 (15-6-67) during the 2016 Georgia General Assembly legislative session. In order to eFile plat documents in Georgia, please go to https://efile.gsccca.org/ and register. 
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the eFile process, please contact the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority customer support at 1-800-304-5174 or help@gsccca.org


REAL ESTATE RECORDS NOW SEARCHABLE AT GSCCCA.ORG BEGINNING WITH 1983 TO THE PRESENT !  (06/01/17)


CIVIL E-FILING NOW AVAILABLE
IN EFFINGHAM COUNTY:
  The Effingham County Clerks' office has joined the number of Clerks' around the State of Georgia in offering civil e-filing.  You may call our office or go directly to www.PeachCourt.com to get all the details.  You may also contact Jay Bland at 770-823-8708 (jay@peachcourt.com)


E-recording Information in re: REAL ESTATE: Effingham County Clerk of Superior Court now offers eRecording services. eRecording enables customers to file and record documents with the Clerk of Court's office via the internet. Customers no longer need to submit records by express mail, courier or in-person.  With eRecording, customers simply scan the original documents, converting it to an electronic image, add indexing information, and electronically submit it to the Clerk's office within minutes. Contact any of these vendors below to get your office started today!
 Simplifile
2121 N. Ocean Blvd. #901W
Boca Raton, Fla. 33431
Phone – 800-460-5657, ext. 1048
www.simplifile.com

CSC ERecording Solutions
2711 Centerville Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
Phone – 866-652-0111
http://www.erecording.com/

eRecording Partners Network, LLC
400 Second Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55401
888-325-3365
www.GOePN.com

 

automatic telephonic messaging system provides notices to jurors concerning status of cases.  If you are asked to call the office, the telephone number provided will be (912) 754-2118.                                                

   Statement of Purpose :

      The Clerk of Courts supports the County Mission Statement by committing to the highest caliber of ethical and professional standards in recording and the safe keeping of all county real estate and court records.


 CLERK SUPERIOR COURT

 

  The Role of the Clerk

    The Clerk of Superior Court is a Constitutional Officer, meaning the position was created by act of the Legislature in the state constitution, and has been a county constitutional officer since the framers of the Georgia Constitution in 1798 provided for election of the Clerk of Superior Court in each of Georgia's counties.
 

    The official court records are maintained by the Clerk of Court for Superior, State, and Juvenile Courts. They are available only from the office Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Information on this web site is provided as a public service and may, or may not, be accurate.  Recent updates including court calendars may not be included.
 

                 The Clerk is the person responsible for protecting the integrity of public records and public funds.  The Clerk receives, manages, and possesses all court documents, collects and disburses all court fees, fines and costs, and provides the public with access to court records.  As keeper of public records, the Clerk records deeds, mortgages, charters and notaries public.  In effect, the Clerk runs the "business arm" of the local court system.

As an elected public official in each of Georgia's 159 counties, the Clerk of Superior Court is an important check and balance within the county government and judicial system.  Citizens' case files, court records, property deeds, and mortgages are handled and protected by the Clerk, an impartial officer elected directly by and answerable to the people of the county, and is not an employee or appointee of any county commission or judiciary.

 Please note that the Clerk's staff cannot interpret the law or decisions of this Court, provide legal advice, recommend an attorney, or bring to the Courts' attention your concerns about a particular case pending before the court.

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TERMS OF PAYMENT

Cash, money order, or certified bank funds accepted. No personal checks! No debit/credit cards at this time.  
Also you may pay your traffic tickets On-Line at www.efftickets.com  with your charge card or debit card. We do not take American Express.  Or you may still call our office at 912-754-2163 concerning fine amounts.  Thank You!

LIMITATIONS ON THE CLERKS' OFFICE
The clerk and deputy clerks desire to help all parties that ask for assistance and will attempt to do so. The clerk and deputy clerks are strictly forbidden to practice law by statute and are restricted in what they can give advice about or assistance in preparing.  The clerks have been allowed by the legislature to assist more freely in matters filed in magistrate court and in family violence matters, but any assistance given by this office should not be considered legal advice.  Sound legal advice must only come from a licensed practicing attorney and the clerk's office encourages all parties to seek competent legal advice. We ask that you be understanding with our staff as we attempt to assist you, knowing the limitations we face in assisting each individual party to a case. Thank You.


JUDGES SERVING EFFINGHAM COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT:

Chief Judge William E. Woodrum, Jr. ( Nov. 1995)
Effingham Superior Court
P.O. Box 805
Millen, Georgia 30442
(912) 764-4251    FAX (912) 764-4947

Judge F. Gates Peed  (Jan. 2001)
Effingham Superior Court
P.O. Box 967
Statesboro, Georgia  30459
(912) 764-6095    FAX (912) 489-3148

Judge Michael T. Muldrew (Jan. 2017)
Effingham Superior Court
P.O. Box 1453
Statesboro, Georgia  30459
(912) 764-9607    FAX (912) 764-3835


DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR OGEECHEE CIRCUIT

Richard A. Mallard, District Attorney
#1 Courtland Street, 2nd Floor
Statesboro, Georgia  30458
(912) 764-9924   FAX: (912) 489-2907

Assistant District Attorney's Serving Effingham County

Brian Deal and Russell Jones- ADA's
Effingham County District Atty.'s Office
Effingham Co. Historic Courthouse Bldg.
901 North Pine Street, Suite 208
Springfield, Georgia  31329
(912) 754-9249   FAX: (912) 754-9469

PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

Renata Newbill-Jallow, P.D.
Public Defender's Office
Ogeechee Judicial Circuit
P.O. Box 86
Statesboro, Georgia  30459
(912) 764-6292
(912) 489-3223 fax
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NOTARY applications are now filled out on-line through the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority (GSCCCA) at www.gsccca.org    .  The application fee is $42.00 and is due at the time of signing your application in the clerks office. Accepted funds are cash, money order, or cashier's check. You may renew your notary 30 days in advance of your expiration date.

 
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NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING:  The Effingham County Board of Equalization Members will meet on Monday, October 5, 2015 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Grand Room located in the Effingham Judicial Complex in Springfield, Ga.  The Public is invited to attend this organizational meeting for the upcoming Appeal Hearings that will be held over the next several months.   

PUBLIC HEARING:                  

 The Effingham County Board of Equalization will be holding appeal hearings in the Effingham Judicial Complex, Grand Jury Room (first floor) beginning November 7, 2016 thru December 9, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until  all appeals are heard by the BOE.  The public shall at all times be afforded access to meetings.The Board shall prescribe the time, place, and dates of regular meetings, with such information being made available to the general public and a notice containing such information posted and maintained in a conspicuous place at the regular meeting place of the Board.  Meetings shall be held in accordance with a regular schedule, but nothing shall preclude the Board from canceling or postponing any regularly scheduled meeting.  Whenever any meeting required to be open to the public is to be held at a time or place other than at the time and place prescribed for regular meetings, the agency shall give due notice of a written notice at least 24 hours at the place of regular meetings.

Hearing Schedule:    

November 7,8,9,14,15,16,17,18,28,29,30, 2016      December 1,2,6,7,8,9 2016

                 BOARD #1 MEMBERS:     John Veal, William Hendrix, Robert Wargo
                  Alternates:      Adger Kirby, William C. Godlove, George D. Womble
                  BOARD #2 MEMBERS:     Steven J. Murphy, Craig Johnson, Larry W. Todd
                  Alternates:     Frances C. Morgan, Walter Signal, Marcia McCoy
If you are interested in serving on the Board please contact the Clerk to the BOE at (912) 754-2146. We will be happy to have an application mailed to you.

 
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Contact Information

Elizabeth Z. Hursey, Clerk
Effingham County Judicial Complex
700 N. Pine Street, Suite 110
Springfield, Ga.  31329

ehursey@effinghamcounty.org
elizabeth.hursey@gsccca.org

DUTIES OF THE CLERKS' OFFICE:
ADOPTION RECORDS
COURT RECORDS (CIVIL & CRIMINAL)
FINE COLLECTION AND DISBURSEMENT
INTANGIBLE AND REAL ESTATE TRANSFER TAX COLLECTION AND DISBURSEMENTS
NOTARY PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS
PERSONAL PROPERTY RECORDS
REAL ESTATE RECORD
TRADE NAME REGISTRATION
TRAFFIC BUREAU

912.754.2118 Main Line
912.754.2146 Civil/Criminal
912.754.2118 Real Estate/Liens
912.754.2163 Traffic Tickets

Chief Deputy Clerk , Barbara Cauley  

 bcauley@effinghamcounty.org
Real Estate Deputy Clerk:
Georgette Smith    gmsmith@effinghamcounty.org
Juvenile Court Deputy Clerk: Christina Wilson  cwilson@effinghamcounty.org
Superior Court Civil Deputy Clerks:  Christie Wilson  cwilson@effinghamcounty.org and Tabitha Brown  tbrown@effinghamcounty.org
State Court Deputy Clerks: Criminal Division - April Baca   abaca@effinghamcounty.org
State Court Traffic: Anita Colson  acolson@effinghamcounty.org
Superior Court Criminal: bcauley@effinghamcounty.org

 OFFICE HOURS
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday 
Closed National Holidays

LEGAL FORMS:
Legal forms may be obtained at the following websites: www.effinghamcounty.org/clerk
 

 
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Please note that the Clerks' staff cannot interpret the law or decisions of this Court, provide legal advice, recommend an attorney, or bring to the Courts' attention your concerns about a particular case pending before the Court.   

If you are filing for a divorce and you have minor children, a parenting course is required by the Court prior to the finalization and entry of a decree.  A Parenting Seminar Certificate will be issued to you at the completion of the course and must be filed with the Clerk of Superior Court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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MILITARY DISCHARGE RECORDS . . . As clerk of the Courts for Effingham County, I am honored to be able to provide assistance and services to the men and women of this great country who have served in the nation's armed forces.  One invaluable service this office provides veterans is the recordation and permanent preservation of military discharge records.

Military discharge records include: Copy 4, DD Form 214 issued by the United States Government; Any copy of DD Form 214 with a raised seal issued by the U.S. National Personnel Records Center; or U.S. National Archives Form 13038.

A Veteran desiring to have his or her military discharge records permanently recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court in Effingham County should bring the records to the Clerk's Office. There is no filing fee. The office is located in the Effingham County Judicial Building, 700 N. Pine Street, Suite 110, Springfield, Ga. 31329.


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        Please see the Public Notice below (middle pane) for announcement of Tax Appeal Hearings being held at Effingham Judicial Complex in the Grand Jury Room.
 
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