Civil Case Filing

Legislation (SB 176/Act No. 716) was passed in 2000 that requires the filing of case initiation and case disposition forms for each civil case filed in superior or state court. Under the new law, anyone filing a civil case with the clerk of superior or state court must complete a Civil Case Filing Form. By law, the clerk must send the data/forms to the Authority. The Authority then indexes the information for inclusion into the statewide database that is then sent to the Georgia Court Automation Commission for analysis.

At the request of the State Bar of Georgia, this information is being gathered for the purpose of studying the number of tort cases filed, the number of overall civil cases filed, the size and scope of the verdicts and other relevant information. This civil justice database will enable Georgia lawmakers to more effectively set public policy regarding judicial reform and allocation of resources to the state's judicial circuits.

Follow these links for more information about the Civil Case Filing Project: