Clerk of Superior & State Courts

  
FEE INCREASE EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
Superior and State Court Filing fee $215 without service, $265 with service.  Notary Public Appointments $37  Trade Name Registrations $162. See Fee Schedule for an update of fee amounts.
  
BEWARE OF JURY SCAM

Don't be a Victim.  Always call the Clerk's Office at 706-613-3190 or the Athens-Clarke County Police at 706-546-5900 or the Clarke County Sheriff 706-613-3250 to verify the summons or the warrant.

July 23, 2014 6:04 PM 

Scam Alert: Citizens Are Receiving Scam Calls - Don't Be a Victim
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has received two complaints today from concerned citizens who have received suspicious calls.

In one incident, the victim received a call from a male who identified himself as ACCPD Sergeant Parker. He said he had court documents concerning her and needed an email address so he could send them to her. She gave him an address and when she received the documents, it was an arrest warrant signed by a local judge. A short time later the suspect called back and told her to send a certain amount of money on different cards. Once the money was sent, she was instructed to call him or Lieutenant Scarborough and they would “take care of the warrant.”

In the second incident, the victim received a similar call involving jury duty. The victim was directed by "Officer Parker" to secure an amount of money and wire it to them and they would take care of the "warrant."

Citizens should remember:
• Police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and officers of the court do not call and ask for personal or financial information or to inform them they have warrants. There is never an instance where you can send money and have the warrant “taken care of.” Never send any money via wire transfers for requests such as this.
• Scammers will "spoof" telephone numbers so it appears the call is coming from a legitimate organization. “Spoofing” is when scammers use a device that will allow the telephone network to display a number on the recipients’ caller ID display that is not the actual originating station.

Another common scam involves a call that a relative has been arrested and needs money sent to get them out of jail. Sometimes the caller will have a person get on the line and pretend to be the relative. This line usually has a “bad connection” so the potential victim cannot recognize the “relative’s” voice. If this type call is received, hang up and call the relative at their number to verify if they are actually in need of your assistance.

Always remember - never give out personal information (date of birth, bank or credit card information, etc.) over the telephone – especially to strangers. Never let a stranger know you are home alone, when you will be away, or if you have an alarm system.

If you receive a suspicious phone call, hang up and call the Central Communications non-emergency line at (706) 546-5900 to determine if a police officer or sheriff’s deputy has attempted to contact you.
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Board of Tax Equalization

Notice of Appointment to Board of Tax Equalization

Pursuant to OCGA 15-12-81(b) and OCGA 48-5-311, notice is hereby given that the Grand Jury for the July 2014 Term of the Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, which was convened on Monday, July 14,2014, will be required to make the following appointments or reappointments to the Board of Tax Equalization of Athens-Clarke County:

Regular Member, Alternate Member, Two Additional Alternate Members, to be appointed for a term which shall run from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017. Within the first year after this initial appointment to the Board of Tax Equalization, the member or alternate member shall satisfactorily complete not less than 40 hours of instruction in appraisal and equalization processes and procedures, as prepared and required by the commissioner. The failure of any member or alternate member to fulfill the requirements shall render that member or alternate member ineligible to serve on the board. Thereafter, any person appointed to such board who has completed the initial 40 hours of instruction, shall be required to complete annually a continuing education requirement of at least eight (8) hours of instruction in appraisal and equalization procedures, and the failure of any member or alternate member to fulfill this requirement shall render that member or alternate member ineligible to serve on the board.

Interested citizens are encouraged to submit an application by September 8, 2014 to the Athens-Clarke County Grand Jury, c/o Beverly Logan, Clerk of Superior Court Athens-Clarke County, 325 E. Washington Street, Room 450, Athens, GA 30601 or email to clerkofcourts@athensclarkecounty.com. Applications can be found at this website on the Forms Menu, Athens-Clarke Forms, Board of Tax Equalization Applicant Questionnaire.


 NEW SUBPOENAS FOR ATTORNEY ISSUANCE

We are pleased to provide an Attorney Issued Witness Subpoena and Attorney Issued Subpoena for Production of Evidence in a fill-in Word document.

The forms are located under the Online Documents/Clerk of Superior/ Forms/ACC Forms.

These subpoenas are for Attorney issuance only and have been prepared for Athens-Clarke County Superior and State Court cases. No subpoena shall issue unless a case has been filed in the above mentioned courts. The fee for Clerk's signature and seal on either Witness Subpoena or Production of Evidence Subpoena is still $5.00.

Pursuant to OCGA 24-13-21(c-h), this subpoena form is being provided to the attorney of record and shall be completed prior to service upon the witness. If an individual misuses a subpoena, he or she shall be subject to punishment for contempt of court and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $300.00 or not more than 20 days imprisonment, or both. A witness may contact the Clerk of Court's office to verify this subpoena was issued for a valid case.


Hazardous Site Inventory July 1, 2014


The State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division has filed the Hazardous Site Inventory as of July 1, 2014 with the Clerks' of Superior Court of Georgia. We have placed a copy of this report on our web page under the Hazardous Site Inventory in our document section for your convenience. 

Georgia Dept. of Driver Services (DDS) Launches Secure ID Program for GA Drivers License & ID Cards
Starting July 3, 2012, all Georgia residents who are applying for their first GA Drivers License (DL) and/or Identification Card (ID), and those who are renewing an existing GA DL/ID, or who are reinstating a suspended DL, will be issued a Secure ID.

A Secure ID ensures that Georgia will continue to produce the most secure Driver's License's (DL) and identification (ID) cards that our state has ever produced. It will also place Georgia in compliance with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005, which prohibits the federal government from accepting drivers licenses or IDs issued by non-compliant states to board a commercial flight or enter a federal building. The new Secure ID process will be phased-in with existing licenses and IDs remaining valid until the expiration date.

For more information on the new Secure ID, frequently asked questions and the DDS brochure click view the new requirements and this will take you to the documents. 

Beverly Logan, Constitutional Officer of the Year
Athens-Clarke County Clerk of Superior Court, Beverly Logan, was awarded the highest honor bestowed on a Constitutional Officer at the 2011 Fall Conference of Constitutional Officers' Association of Georgia. Clerk Logan was awarded Officer of the Year by her peers from across the State. The Constitutional Officers' Association of Georgia consists of the 159 county Sheriffs, Probate Judges, Tax Commissioners and Clerks of Superior Court. 
 
 
 

Responsibilities
The clerk of courts is the clerk of Superior Court and the clerk of State Court. The clerk of courts keeps the official record of all civil and criminal actions filed in each court, the minutes of the courts, notary appointments, and requested filings of DD2-14 form from U.S. military service personnel, which is a certificate of release or discharge from active duty. The clerk of Superior Court is also the official custodian for all land records. 
 
 

 

Contact
Beverly Logan
Clerk of Superior & State Courts

Staff Directory

325 E. Washington St.
Suite 450
Athens, GA 30601

Phone: 706-613-3190
Fax: 706-613-3189

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.