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Clerk of State Court


The Clayton County State Court Clerk's Office, including the Traffic Division will be closed for Staff Development Training on the dates and times set out below:

Friday, November 21, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(we will reopen at 8:00 a.m. the following Monday, November 24, 2014)
Friday, December 19, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(we will reopen at 8:00 a.m. the following Monday, December 22, 2014)
0.C.G.A. § 15-6-93(f).

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Gail Carnes, Clerk of Court

If you have any questions or concerns please call 678-479-5521

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Welcome to the Clerk of State Court's Web site. - Gail Carnes, Clerk of Court

OFFICE HOURS - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Traffic payments accepted 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.


The Clerk of the State Court is committed to providing innovative service in a manner that is courteous, responsive, and efficient.  We require a high standard of performance and commitment to excellence from employees of the State Court Clerk’s Office in order to provide the highest level of service to the citizens of Clayton County, the Judiciary and the legal community.  In facing the confines of limited resources, an ever-increasing emphasis will be given to new innovative technologies which will enable staff to “work smarter, not harder” to perform in a more cost-effective manner.

Administrator of Court Records
Any and all documents presented for filing in a State Court case must be received, processed, secured and purged in accordance with certain statutory time constraints, archival and retention schedule standards and requirements. In this role the Clerk identifies the changing needs of various records management programs to ensure that the interest of the courts and the public are secured.

The Clerk’s office also provides administrative support for judicial operations of the Court.

Fiduciary/Financial Officer of the Court
As the court's fiduciary officer, the Clerk collects, records, and disburses all statutory fees, fines, reimbursements, restitution and public registry funds, as ordered by the court; utilizing innovative systems and technologies whenever feasible. This flow of funds is accomplished only through court order and statutory authorization. 

The State Court currently has five (5) elected Judges, an elected Solicitor General and an appointed Clerk who serves at the pleasure of the State Court Judges.
The Clerk's Office is divided into divisions which enable each one to achieve more efficiency. The divisions are Civil, Criminal, Traffic, and Microfilm.

TERM OF COURT - First Monday in February, May, August and November.

Important Notice
The Clerk of State Court and the deputy clerks in this office are committed to providing you with excellent customer service. We will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about the services of this office or the procedures you must follow for a particular state court process. Please be advised, however, that state law prohibits our staff from rendering legal advice, restating the law or recommending specific ways to pursue legal action. Nothing on this web site is intended to advise anyone as to legal remedies for a particular circumstance.

Many matters of law are quite complex and may require special knowledge of legal principles and procedures. If you have a problem involving the interpretation of the law, we suggest you contact an attorney licensed in the State of Georgia.




Gail Carnes

Clerk of Court: Gail Carnes
Harold R. Banke Justice Center
9151 Tara Boulevard
Room 1CL181
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: (678) 479-5521
Fax: (770) 472-8159


Related Links

Pay Traffic Citations

National Center for State Courts