There are a number of online resources currently available for tracking court dockets and schedules on the federal and appellate level. These resources also allow the user to search for opinions, access court rules and forms, find caseload data and locate pertinent records. In addition to the resources provided through each courtís website, there are also federal and state administrative agency websites that provide useful information on the court system.
Federal Court Resources
Supreme Court of the United States
Each year, the Supreme Court of the United States begins its term on the first Monday in October and lasts until the first Monday in October of the next year. Through the SCOTUS website the user can find recent decisions, slip opinions, court rules, docket information and additional assistance on how to navigate the court system. Although the SCOTUS website only provides access to the most recent decisions, the Legal Information Institute and FindLaw allow the user to access older opinions by party name or citation, free of charge.
United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
The United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has jurisdiction over federal cases originating in the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The circuit includes nine district courts with each state divided into Northern, Middle and Southern Districts. Through their website, the user can find published and unpublished opinions, en banc issues, briefing and filing instructions, and form and fee information.
The United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia consists of forty-six counties in the northwestern part of Georgia. The district, which includes the Atlanta metropolitan area, has four divisions: Atlanta, Gainesville, Newnan and Rome.
The United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia is comprised of five divisions located in Athens, Albany, Columbus, Macon and Valdosta and encompasses seventy counties.
The United States District Court, Southern District of Georgia consists of forty-three counties and has six divisions located in Augusta, Brunswick, Dublin, Savannah, Waycross and Statesboro.
Federal Administrative Resources
The Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER)website provides online access to U.S. Appellate, District and Bankruptcy court records and documents and is maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. In order to use PACER, you will need to register through their system. Although there is no registration fee, a user fee is charged in order to utilize the case locator search engine.
The United States Courts website is maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on behalf of the Federal Judiciary. It is a consolidated court site that provides a wealth of information on federal court rules, fees and forms and statistics.
State Court Resources
Supreme Court of Georgia
The Supreme Court of Georgia first convened in 1845 and is comprised of seven justices. This court has original jurisdiction over cases involving constitutional and election contests questions, and general jurisdiction over cases involving land title disputes, the construction of wills, murder, habeas corpus, extraordinary remedies, divorce and alimony and all cases certified to it by the Court of Appeals. Through the court website, the user can access opinions and petitions from 2010 through the present, search the court docket, and view the court calendar.
The Georgia Court of Appeals first convened in 1907 and is comprised of twelve judges. This court has statewide appellate jurisdiction of all cases except for those preempted by the Supreme Court of Georgia. Through the court website, the user can access opinions, search the court docket, and view the court calendar.
State Administrative Resources
The Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts provides comprehensive information on all classes of court in Georgia. Through their website, the user can access court directories, data, and maps, court councils and administrative agencies, court commissions and committees and caseload data. As a consolidated court website, it further allows the user to access court forms and rules for all levels of court.
The Georgia Accountability Courts website provides information and resources for Adult/Felony Drug Courts, DUI Courts, Juvenile Drug Courts, Family Dependency Treatment Courts, and Mental Health Courts.