Current Clerk of Court for Hall County
Charles has served in the Clerk of Court office for over 40 years, serving as Chief Deputy Clerk for 7 years and leading the office as Clerk of Court for the past 11+ years. Please support our efforts in re-electing Charles to serve another term as Clerk of Court. Your vote and your support are appreciated.
A Strong History
Charles Baker has served for 40 plus years in the Clerk of Court office, including being Chief Deputy Clerk for 7 years, and is serving in his 12th year as Clerk of Court.
He received the Clerk’s Certification from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government from the University of Georgia after completing their program of required courses in 2017 along with a synopsis of what was learned in each of the courses.
Charles was appointed by former governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority and continues to serve at the present time.
Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority Overview
The Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority was created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly in 1993. In an effort to provide support and project development to the Clerks of Superior Court of Georgia, the Clerks’ Authority is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors. The Authority Board is comprised of six Clerks of Superior Court, one Superior Court Judge, one County Commissioner and two at-large gubernatorial appointments. Enabling legislation may be found in O.C.G.A. 15-6-94.
Results & Accomplishments
As an elected public official in the clerk’s office I feel like I have much more I can offer over the next four years.
The makeup of the Clerk’s Office is 40 full time employees and 11 part time employees that are cross-trained to do the duties of full time employees. Part-time employees can only work 28 hours a week. Most days we don’t have 51 employees working because some are out on annual leave, sick leave etc., so that’s why cross training is a high priority.
On average, our office collects roughly $1.6 million dollars and we disburse on average $1.5 million dollars. We only retain funds that we are court ordered to hold, such as civil registry and restitution funds. Out of this, the county general fund receives an average of $8-9 million dollars in revenue. All other funds are disbursed either as law mandated collected surcharges to various agencies, intangible and real estate transfer tax for local municipalities, and the court ordered disbursement of registry and restitution funds.
In 2011 the oversight of the Board of Equalization was placed on the Superior Court Clerks. All clerks had to take a 40-hour course of training in taxation and property value by the DOR.
If a taxpayer doesn’t agree with the tax assessment value of their property, they can appeal to the Board of Equalization. If the taxpayer is not satisfied with their property value after the hearing, he/she can appeal to Superior Court for $25.00.
The speed and efficiency of check-in time for jurors improved with the use of bar code scanners and iPads, as well as a savings in printing and paper costs.
We began using iPads in the courtrooms for jury questionnaires in late 2016. This replaced the paper books we printed where we averaged printing 12 books of approximately 250 pages each per court week
The Hall County Clerk’s Office is training to use a new case management system, Journal eCourt, which will replace our 1989 CJIS computer system. Clerk’s Office employees are training hands on in a computer lab.
We now provide an online docket available to the public. The public can now view and search our civil and criminal cases online at docket.hallcourts.com.
In 2016 all computers, monitors, and scanners for all employees in the Clerk’s Office are now provided by the Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority (GSCCCA). Computers are on a schedule to be replaced every 4 years, or as needed. This is a tremendous benefit and savings to Hall County.
On July 1, 2016 we began accepting civil cases and subsequent pleadings by e-Filing before it became mandatory on January 1, 2019.
On April 17, 2017, we went bookless in the Real Estate Division and stopped printing indexes in 2020 which is a large savings to taxpayers. All indexed images can be found on the GSCCCA website and printed from that location.
In the 2020 budget three calendar clerk positions were added to our office at the request of the Superior & State courts. Duties involve ensuring that all cases and matters assigned to the division are placed upon the appropriate calendar and remain calendared until disposed and ensuring proper notice of scheduled court events to parties. These duties were previously performed by the Solicitor and DA’s offices before being shifted to the clerk.
In the 2020 budget the clerk’s authority is going to replace 50 computers in the clerk’s office at no cost to the taxpayers.
Currently I’m working with the clerk’s authority to get all plats, condominium floor plans and plat slides back to 1987 so they’ll be in an electronic format so we can get them added to the statewide index at no cost to the taxpayers.
I will not file any sovereign citizen papers on our dockets; that includes court and real estate.
Charles and Glenda Baker are members of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Re-Elect Charles Baker for Clerk of Court with over 40 years of experience working in the clerk’s office including 11 plus years as the Clerk