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Wheeler County Courthouse Closed to Public
Posted on 5/19/2020 3:34:39 PM

Effective March 16, 2020, the Wheeler County Courthouse is closed to the public.

On May 11, 2020, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton of the Georgia Supreme Court extended the Statewide Judicial Emergency until Friday, June 12, 2020. The Clerk’s office has been and will be open to address essential functions only, as suggested by Justice Melton’s orders. Essential matters include: hearings on family violence, stalking, and restraining orders; bond hearings; probation revocation hearings; habeas corpus hearings involving domestic cases or individuals detained prior to conviction; civil or domestic cases in which a bona fide emergency situation exists as determined by the presiding judge; applications for search and arrest warrants; juvenile court delinquency hearings and emergency removal hearings; mental health commitment hearings, first appearance hearings, and garnishment traverse hearings.  Jury trials, grand juries, non-essential bench trials or hearings, and habeas corpus hearings involving inmates serving a state sentence are suspended until further order.  

Steps are being taken to utilize video conferencing technology to facilitate handling of essential matters. Anyone who has an open case in Wheeler Superior Court, civil or criminal, should maintain contact with their legal representative. If you are not represented by counsel, it is your responsibility ensure that the Clerk’s office has your correct mailing address. We are unsure at this time when we will be allowed to resume our regular court schedule, but notices will be mailed out for those court dates. Anyone noticed to appear in court should bring a mask, gloves, and writing pen. Your temperature may be taken upon entry, and you may be asked to wash your hands before proceeding upstairs to the court room. You will be allowed to bring hand sanitizer with you, if you wish to do so.

 

For other matters in Superior Court, deputy clerks, Janet Ashley and Hannah Leyland, are ready to assist by phone, fax, e-mail, snail mail or drop box. Please call the office at 912-568-7137 to request copies of deeds, liens, or plats, copies of pleadings in a closed civil or criminal case, or to obtain information about filing pleadings in open criminal cases. Attorneys and title abstractors may make an appointment to use the deed room by calling the same number. Because of the small size of the vault, only one person is allowed in at the time in order to practice social distancing. Real estate filing may be accomplished through the mail, drop box, or via e-filing with the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority at https://efile.gsccca.org/ and through other value added submitters. Attorneys should e-file civil pleadings through www.peachcourt.com. Parties not represented by counsel should mail in their pleadings, or use the drop box.

                Persons wishing to become a Notary Public or renew a soon-expiring commission must go online to www.gsccca.org. We will e-mail you a set of instructions for this process upon request. The Wheeler Superior Court Clerk’s office is also a passport acceptance agency. However, we have been advised by the U.S. Department of State that only emergency passports are being issued at this time. They have requested that we not send in applications at this time. So we have suspended this service at this time.

                For information regarding any other service or duty performed by this office, please call us. In order to ensure the health and safety of the public, and our employees, we are limiting public access to the office. But we are striving to provide every service to the very best of our ability. Please be kind to my staff when you call, and be patient with us as we are also practicing staggered work days to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The phone may be busy or it may ring numerous times as we are assisting other customers. We strive for one day turn around for requests and filing, however it may longer during this time of higher volume.