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 October 23, 2014  
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 JUROR MESSAGE:

All jurors who have received Jury Summons for Thursday, September 25, 2014 are to report as scheduled by 8:00 a.m.  Please come early enough to pass through security and arrive to the Treutlen Courtroom on time.  Thank You.

JURY SELECTION
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If you have received a juror summons in the mail you are required to appear in the assigned courtroom of the Effingham County Judicial Complex which is located at 700 North Pine Street, Springfield, Ga. at 8:00 a.m. on the day listed in your summons. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.

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 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.  Juror slips will be provided for your employer upon request.

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

 
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 Judicial Complex Building

NOTICE OF SCAM: Beware of a scam that is occuring 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.

Neither staff of this office nor the Effingham County Sheriff's Office staff send text or e-mail messags to jurors of this nature.  We contact jurors via telephone but, when we do, our staff will identify themselves.  Our 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.                                                   06/24/2014
WE'RE GOING BOOKLESS ! ! 
 
 
EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2013 THE REAL ESTATE RECORDS ARE "BOOKLESS".  THIS MEANS THAT OUR RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE SEARCH COMPUTERS IN THE OFFICE AND YOU ARE ABLE TO PRINT THEM.  NO LONGER WILL YOU NEED TO PULL A BOOK BEGINNING WITH DEED RECORD BOOK 2181. ALL REAL ESTATE RECORDS WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE A "BOOK AND PAGE" ASSIGNED TO THEM. YOU'LL ALSO NOTICE THAT THE PAGE NUMBERS WILL RUN HIGHER THAN BEFORE IN EACH "BOOK". THIS COMES AS A COST SAVER TO THE COUNTY THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO BUY BOOKS AND PAPER. IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WE'RE HERE TO ASSIST YOU.       4/01/13


NEW APP AVAILABLE FROM GSCCCA! The Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority (GSCCCA) has announced the GSCCCA MAP SEARCH app for IPhone and IPod Touch Users.  Just search "GSCCCA" or "Clerks' Authority" on the APP store to download it and you can use your GSCCCA website login to the app. The Map Search app is available for free to all GSCCCA Premium Subscribers. 
www.gsccca.org/search/PremiumOverview/ to view all the new features of the new system.  11/07/2012

 

 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.

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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 John R. Turner (Jan. 1997)
Effingham Superior Court
P.O. Box 326
Statesboro, Georgia  30459
(912) 764-9607    FAX (912) 764-3835

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

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, ADA  and  Benjamin Edwards, ADA
Effingham County District Atty.'s Office
901 North Pine Street, Suite 208
Springfield, Georgia  31329
(912) 754-9249   FAX: (912) 754-9469

PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

Robert L. Persse, Public Defender
Ogeechee Judicial Circuit
P.O. Box 86
Statesboro, Georgia  30459
(912) 764-6292
(912) 489-3223 fax
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Notary Appointments/Renewals Minimize

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 $37.00 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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PUBLIC HEARING:                  

 The Effingham County Board of Equalization will be holding appeal hearings in the Effingham Judicial Complex, Grand Jury Room-first floor, beginning ____________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:  ____________________

BOARD #1 MEMBERS: 
     Jesse W. Hilton, Robert A. Wargo, Sr.
                  Alternates:      William H. Godlove,Sr. John Veal
BOARD #2 MEMBERS:      Larry Todd, Craig Johnson, Steven J. Murphy
                  Alternates:     Frances C. Morgan, Daniel Womble, 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

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

e-mail: bcauley@effinghamcounty.org

e-mail: ehursey@effinghamcounty.org

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

CLERKS OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED on Monday
Sept. 1, 2014 in Observance of Labor Day !

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

DIVORCING WITH CHILDREN? Minimize

    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.

    "Children in the Middle D(912) 661-3052. Advanced registration required.  Cost is $40.00 per parent. Meets 2nd or 3rd Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m.  Special sessions and times are available upon request for individuals or couples.

    On-Line Parenting Course : Impact of Divorce on Children www.parentsforever.org to register for the 4 hour course. Cost $39.00, includes certificate for the Court. 

     On-Line Parenting Couse:   www.onlineparentingprograms.com/   The class approved through the Court is the 4 hour online divorce class only

    
      Counseling Center at Union Mission, Inc.  : (912) 826-6442  United Way Building, 711 Zitterour Road, Rincon, Ga. 31326.  Cost $45.00 (Cash or money order only) Payment due prior to admission to the class. You may register for class via mail, fax, or telephone.

 

 

 

 

 
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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.  The office is located in the Effingham County Judicial Building, 700 N. Pine Street, Suite 110, Springfield, Ga. 31329.

There is no filing fee for this service, nor is there a fee for obtaining copies, certified or otherwise. However, to protect military discharge records against fraudulent misuse, strict enforcement of Georgia law is followed concerning who may view and receive copies of discharge records. The following is a synopsis of the law governing the confidentiality of records.

Georgia Law- O.C.G.A. 15-6-72: "(c) (1) Any DD-214 record filed pursuant to this Code section shall for a period of 50 years following it's filing, be exempt from Chapter 18 of Title 50, relating to open records. During that 50 year period, it shall be unlawful for any person to permit inspection of any such record, to disclose information contained in any such record, or to issue a copy of all or any part of such record except as authorized by this subsection or by order of a court of competent jurisdiction.

(2) Upon presentation of proper identification, any of the following persons may examine a record filed pursuant to this Code section or obtain free of charge a copy or certified copy of all or part of such record:
    (A) The person who is the subject of the record;
    (B) The spouse of next of kin of the person who is the subject of the record;
    (C) A person named in an appropriate power of attorney executed by the person who is the subject of the record
    (D) The administrator, executor, guardian, or legal representative of the person who is the subject of the record
    (E) An attorney for any person specified in subparagraphs (A) through (D) of this paragraph.

(3) Records kept pursuant to this Code section shall  not be reproduced or used in whole or in part for any commercial or speculative purposes.

(4) Any individual, agency, or court which obtains information pursuant to this subdivision shall not disseminate or disclose such information or any part thereof except as authorized in this subsection or otherwise by law.

(5) Violation of this subsection shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $5,000.00; provided, however, that the Clerk of Superior Court shall  not be liable and shall be held harmless for any act of any person who copies, reproduces, or uses records in violation of this subsection.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Z. Hursey, Clerk
Effingham Superior Court

 
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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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