Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Court

About the Department
The Office of the Clerk of Superior Court maintains a comprehensive record of all civil and criminal actions of the Superior Court and prepares papers of accusations, indictments and dispositions of cases.
When decisions are appealed, these records are prepared for the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.
The Clerk is also responsible for recording deeds relating to the sale of real and personal property, while maintaining the chain of title to all property in Fulton County.
All records maintained by the Clerk are arranged to facilitate research and review by judicial agencies, attorneys, title examiners, and the general public. 

Key Performance Indicators

This measure tracks the accessibility of real estate records to the public. "Good-Thru Date" means that all of the documents filed in the county through that specified date have been submitted to the Clerk's Authority and are in the statewide index. At the point where the records begin, the county's Good-From Date means that all documents filed from that date through the Good-Thru Date have been successfully submitted and are on file. The Good-Thru and Good-From Dates are manually set by each clerk via his or her daily transmit file for deeds, liens and plats. The Clerk's Authority statewide standard is 14 days for a good thru date. Any delays in the accessibility of this information means that citizens do not have the most up to date information which may impact loan closures, liens and other real estate-related transactions.

The Superior Court measures the percentage of criminal and civil documents which are e-filed, reviewed, file stamped and available to the public for viewing within 48 hours. The Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Court Clerk's (COSMC) office began e-filing of civil documents in 2015 with positive immediate effects. In 2017, the COSMC launched mandatory Criminal e-filing of Superior Court documents as well. In both cases, e-filing was implemented to improve the overall customer experience through the use of enhanced technology and an elevated level of efficiency. E-filing allows registered users to file documents from a single website from anywhere - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a result, the average filing time is reduced, the costs of filing documents is reduced, costly trips to the courthouse are eliminated and access to file-stamped copies of criminal court documents is increased. These documents are of vital importance to litigants with cases pending in Superior Court.

We are measuring the percentage of documents which are e-filed, reviewed, file stamped and available to the public for viewing within 48 hours. The Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Court Clerk's (COSMC) office began e-filing of magistrate court-related documents in 2016 with positive immediate effects. E-filing was implemented to improve the overall customer experience through the use of enhanced technology and an elevated level of efficiency. E-filing allows registered users to file documents from a single website from anywhere - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a result, the average filing time is reduced, the costs of filing documents is reduced, costly trips to the courthouse are eliminated and access to file-stamped copies of court documents is increased. These documents are of vital importance to litigants with cases pending in Magistrate Court.

The customer service survey for the Clerk of Superior department targets external customers that visited the department and received services, more specifically the Board of Equalization customers. This survey is ongoing and the number of survey participants varies.