Policies for Criminal History Search Requests

The Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court and State Court of Long Court (Office) does not conduct “criminal history searches” of misdemeanor or felony files.

Parties or agencies wanting or requiring a criminal history search on any individual should follow the procedures detailed in the Services menu on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s web site at http:/gbi.gov for obtaining criminal history data from local law enforcement agencies and/or the Georgia Crime Information Center. Alternatively, searches of local criminal history data may be conducted by individuals on public search terminals on site in the Clerk’s Office, with minimal assistance provided by staff. Neither the Clerk or Clerk’s Office Staff will assist the public for this purpose due to liability issues and personnel time constraints.

Copies of specific criminal dispositions may be obtained from this Office upon request and upon payment of costs required by statute (which is $1.00 per page, plus $2.50 for certification of the first page and $.50 for each additional page certified).

Generally, only costs for copies must be paid in advance; however, if copying criminal history data requires more than a quarter hour (15 minutes), a reasonable charge may be collected additionally for search, retrieval, and other direct administrative costs for complying with a request. Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Act (Title 50, Chapter 8, Article 4), this hourly charge shall not exceed the salary of the lowest paid full-time employee who, in the discretion of the custodian of the records (i.e., the Clerk), has the necessary skill and training to perform the request. Currently, that rate is $12.81 per hour.

If you have questions about this policy, please contact the clerk’s office @ 912-545-2123.