Clerk of Courts

 

MEGAN CRAMER

WASHINGTON COUNTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR, STATE, AND JUVENILE COURTS

P. O. Box 231
132 W. Haynes Street
Sandersville, GA  31082
(478) 552-3186
Fax: (478) 553-9969

Jury Information: (478) 640-0013

Hours

Monday – Friday

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • 03/05/2021: 
    • Grand jurors summoned for Tuesday, March 9, 2021 NEED to appear. Jurors number 1 through 75, please appear at 8:30 a.m to check-in. Jurors number 76 through 175, please appear at 10:00 a.m. to check-in. Please bring your completed COVID Health Survey with you. If you have not already done so, please contact the Clerk’s Office at (478) 552-3186 to provide your phone number and email address.
  • 02/26/2021:
    • Due to the continued prohibition of jury trials by the Georgia Supreme Court, jury trials scheduled for Monday, March 1, 2021 are continued until Monday, May 3, 2021. If you were summoned for jury duty for March 1st and have not already done so, please contact the Clerk’s Office at (478) 552-3186 to provide your phone number and email address so we are able to send you a reminder in April. Jurors summoned for Monday, March 1, 2021 do NOT need to appear. Please call the jury information line at (478) 640-0013 on April 30th for further instructions.
  • Notary Services:
    • Unfortunately, our office is unable to notarize any documents. Please have your documents notarized prior to presenting your documents for filing or recording in our office.
  • Credit and Debit Card Payments:
    • We now have the ability to accept credit or debit card payments for filing fees, recording fees, and copy fees (minimum of $10.00).
    • Traffic citations may be paid by credit or debit card online at www.wacotickets.com or in person.

 

Duties:

Clerks of Superior Court have been elected county constitutional officers since 1798, when the framers of Georgia’s constitution created the office and provided for election of a clerk in each county of the state.

The Clerk is accountable only to the people who elect her. She is not an employee or appointee of any county or state commission or any agent or agency of the judiciary. As an impartial county officer, the Clerk provides some of the most important checks-and-balances needed in both local county government and the state’s judicial system.

The Clerk is considered the official record keeper of the county, which includes safeguarding and preserving criminal and civil court filings and serving as custodian of land and property records. It is the duty of the Clerk to provide quality and professional service to the citizens of Washington County.

The Clerk’s duties also include, but are not limited to, running the business arm of the local court system; collecting and accounting for all monies arising from fines, fees, court costs and fees imposed and required by law, including intangible taxes and transfer taxes for real estate transactions; managing county trial and grand juries, including summoning jurors for service; issuing Notary Public commissions; registering trade names; issuing subpoenas for court appearances; providing oversight and administrative support to the county board of tax equalization; and accepting Passport applications for the Department of State.

In the performance of the Clerk’s duties, the Clerk works closely with Superior Court Judges, the State Court Judge, the Juvenile Court Judge, the District Attorney’s Office, the State Court Solicitor, the Public Defender’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, the local Police Departments, the Department of Community Supervision, and the Department of Juvenile Justice, in addition to all local government departments such as the Magistrate Court, Probate Court, Tax Commissioner, Tax Assessor, Board of Commissioners, and County Administrator.

Services Provided:

  • Recording of Deeds, Plats, Liens, and UCCs
  • Collection of Transfer Tax and Intangible Tax
  • Registering Trade Names
  • Recording of Armed Services Discharges
  • Issuing Notary Public Commissions
  • Accepting Civil, Criminal, and Domestic Filings
  • Accepting Family Violence Petitions
  • Accepting Garnishments
  • Collection of Fines and Fees
  • Jury Management
  • Accepting Passport Applications
  • Issuing Subpoenas

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Disclaimer

The Clerk of Superior Court is committed to providing quality customer service. However, the Clerk’s Office cannot provide legal advice. If you have questions about what to file or your legal rights, please seek the advice from an attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia.