Justice Reinvestment Initiative
Case Management Statistics
Superior court is Georgia’s general jurisdiction trial court. Fulton County constitutes the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, Fifth Judicial Administrative District. The twenty Judges of Fulton County Superior Court preside over administrative appeals and civil, major criminal and domestic relations cases. Through several innovative programs, the Court offers Fulton County citizens meaningful access to the judicial system. Three divisions, Diversionary Drug Court, the Family Division and Business Court, provide specialized services to citizens.
Monthly Superior Court Case Filings by Type
A court case is initiated by the filing of a complaint. Cases can be divided into Criminal, Civil, Family Division, Child Support and Domestic Violence.
Superior Court Clearance Rates
The case clearance rate measures how well the court is keeping up with its incoming case load. A clearance rate of 100% represents a court that is disposing of the same number of cases it is receiving. A clearance rate above 100% represents a court that is disposing of more cases than it is receiving. A clearance rate below 100% represents a court that is disposing of fewer cases than it is receiving. If cases are not disposed as quickly as cases are being filed or reopened, a backlog of cases awaiting disposition will grow. The charts below show the number of incoming and outgoing (disposed) cases and the clearance rates for criminal, Family Division and civil cases in Superior Court.
Clearance rate for criminal cases over the past 12 months
Clearance rate for civil cases over the past 12 months
Incoming and outgoing criminal cases
Criminal clearance rate
Incoming and outgoing Family Division cases
Family division clearance rate
Incoming and outgoing civil cases
Civil case clearance rate
Monthly State Court Case Filings by Type
A court case is initiated by the filing of a complaint. State Court cases can be divided into Misdemeanor, Civil and Traffic.
State Court Clearance Rates
The clearance rate measures whether the court is keeping up with the incoming caseload. If cases are not disposed in a timely manner, a backlog of cases without a disposition will grow. A clearance rate of at least 100% should be maintained over the long run to avoid a growing backlog.
Incoming cases include newly filed cases, reactivated cases and reopened cases. Outgoing cases include three types of dispositions: entry of judgement, reopened dispositions and cases placed on inactive status.