Meriwether County Clerk of Court


Court Info
Civil Division
The Civil division is responsible for filing, processing, storing and retrieving civil records for Superior Court. This division also manages appeal records for Superior Court, mails court calendars to counsel and parties, prepares civil cost bills, and manages the adoption docket. All civil proceedings are scanned into the computer system. The basic costs for filing a civil complaint, domestic or non-domestic, are $207.00 Filing Fee, $50.00 per Sheriff’s Entry of Service and $50.00 Transfer Fee.

 

Criminal Division
The Criminal division files misdemeanor and felony criminal cases. This process includes filing citations, accusations, indictments and all relative pleadings. This division makes reports to various state agencies. These reports include traffic, GCIC reports and the reporting of prisoners to the Department of Corrections. Other duties include processing bond forfeitures and Grand Jury Presentments. All court pleadings, all superior criminal cases, warrants and jury lists are scanned.  Applications for restoration of gun and civil rights, as well as applications for expungement are available in the Clerk's Office.  Instructions and frequently asked questions for expungement, as well as criminal history questions, are also available on the internet at www.ganet.org/gbi/crimhist.html.

 

Real Estate Division
The Real Estate division records all land transactions for Meriwether County. Each document can be searched in the indexes by year and name. Land plats are also recorded in this division.

 

Juvenile Division
The Meriwether County Juvenile Court is a division of Superior Court organized under Chapter 11 of Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia. The Court is dedicated to serving the residents of Meriwether County by hearing all cases involving allegations of deprivation of children under the age of 18, or unruly conduct, delinquency, or traffic violations concerning children under the age of 17 found within its jurisdiction. If, after adjudication, a child is found to be in need of treatment, rehabilitation or supervision to safely remain in the community, the court will provide access to high quality, appropriate treatment programs whenever feasible.

 

 

Jury Information
The Jury Services division is responsible for maintaining accurate jury records for Meriwether County. Traverse and Grand Jury Summons are mailed to prospective jurors at least 3 weeks before service is required. Jurors are selected for service by using a software program that randomly selects names from the statewide jury list. The statewide list is uploaded from the state annually. The jury list is maintained by the Clerk’s Office and updates sent to the state annually to have the most accurate list of jurors possible. Jury Clerks are available to help jurors during their service to answer questions and give direction. Jury clerks are also responsible for taking roll, keeping track of days served, preparing work excuses and juror payments. Jury clerks cannot excuse jurors. For specific questions regarding jury service please contact the office.

 

Passport, Trade Name Registration, Notary Public and Liens
The Clerks Office also accepts U.S. Passport applications. You must apply in person and have with you a certified copy of your birth certificate and current photo identification and two photos.  The application for passport is available on travel.state.gov.
The basic fees are as follows: Standard fee for adult: (4-6 week turn around). Check or money order to: U.S. Department of State for $110.00 (Passport good for 10 years) Child under 16: $80.00 (Passport good for 5 years). Extra documentation required for children under 14 years old.
Expedite Fee: $60.00 (2 to 3 week turn around) per application
Overnight mail fees are available upon request
Execution Fee: $25.00 each check/money order per application payable to Clerk of Superior Court
Trade name registrations are also handled in this office. Blank forms for trade name registration are available for pickup in the Clerk’s Office. The registration fee is $157.00.

 
Notary public applications must be submitted online and printed.  They may be obtained at www.gsccca.org or click here. The cost for becoming a notary public is $37.00 and is effective for 4 years.
General Execution Dockets can be found in this division. These dockets contain liens placed against an individual. These include hospital liens, Federal and Georgia income tax liens, Lis Pendens and Preliminary notice of lien rights, and Notice of Commencements. The cost for liens and fifa’s are $5.00 for the first page and $2.00 for each additional page. Notices of Commencements are also filed under the lien category. The cost for this is $10.00 for the first page and $2.00 for each additional page.