Clerk and Court Administrator
†††† Clerks of Superior Court have been elected county constitutional officers since 1798 when framers of the Georgia Constitution created the office and provided for election of a clerk in each of Georgiaís 159 counties. The Clerk provides some of the most important checks-and-balances within county government and the judicial system as an impartial, independent county officer answerable only to the people who elect him. He is not an employee or appointee of any county or state commission or any agent or agency of the judiciary.
†††† Ultimately, the Clerk is elected to protect and forever maintain the integrity of citizens' court, land and other cadastral records and to safeguard funds paid into the office for the benefit of individuals and the public. The Clerk runs the business arm of the local court system and answers first and foremost to the public, ensuring the publicís interests and convenience come first. The Clerk also processes and manages court documents; collects and disburses all court fees, fines, and costs; and provides citizens access to records. The Clerk is specifically responsible for permanent recordation and preservation of deeds, liens, plats, charters, court, military discharge and notary public records.
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