Augusta Judicial Circuit Announces Transition to Mandatory Electronic Filing in Civil Cases


Posted: Aug 15, 2018
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Augusta, Georgia— August 1, 2018 — The Clerks of the Superior and State Courts of the Augusta Judicial Circuit announce the transition from permissive to mandatory electronic filing of all documents in civil cases. Effective September 1, 2018, attorneys and self-represented litigants will be required to use the PeachCourt eFiling platform to submit documents to Burke County’s Superior and State Courts, Columbia County’s Superior Court, and Richmond County’s Superior and State Courts. 

 Positive Impact on the Judicial System

 Attorneys have been able to file documents electronically in the Augusta Judicial Circuit’s Superior and State Courts for several years. The transition from permissive to mandatory electronic filing will increase these benefits several fold. 

Electronic filing saves time and reduces cost for the courts, which ultimately benefits the taxpayers who support the courts. Electronic documents are easier for the general public, attorneys, and judges to access compared to paper documents. Additionally, storing documents in an electronic format saves physical space compared to storing paper files, which is a major concern for every court in the state. 

 Legislative Background

 In May, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed SB407 into law. The legislation set a deadline for Georgia’s 159 Superior Courts and 70 State Courts to transition to mandatory electronic filing in civil cases no later than January 1, 2019. 

Continuing a strong tradition of leadership, the Clerks of Court within the Augusta Judicial Circuit chose to begin mandatory eFiling on September 1, 2018, due to the significant benefits of 100% electronic filing and to ensure full compliance with the law in plenty of time before the deadline. 

 Availability

 The PeachCourt eFiling platform is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at www.peachcourt.com. Both attorneys and non-attorneys may register for a PeachCourt account at no cost. Any PeachCourt user can search for and view civil case dockets at no cost. 

The PeachCourt team provides live support between 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  


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