Open Records Requests

Attention: Open records requests for the Sheriff's Department, Tax Commissioner's Office, Clerk of Superior Court, and Probate Court are handled by those departments directly. Their contact information is as follows: 

Sheriff's Department-LINK         Tax Commissioner-LINK          Clerk of Superior Court-LINK
PO Box 310                                   PO Box 100                                PO Box 70
1 James Little Street                     1221 Hull Avenue                        9592 Lavonia Road
Carnesville, GA 30521                  Carnesville, GA 30521                Carnesville, GA 30521
Phone: 706-384-2525                   Phone: 706-384-3455                 Phone: 706-384-2514
Fax: 706-384-4886                        Fax: 706-384-2245

Probate Court - LINK  "The judiciary is not subject to Open Records Requests, while many of the records are open for public viewing.  Please contact the court directly at 706-384-2403 or submit proper documentation and payment for statutory cost to Franklin County Probate Court 7085 Hwy 145 Suite A Carnesville, Georgia 30521"



 Open Records Request

§ 50-18-70. Legislative intent; definitions
(a) The General Assembly finds and declares that the strong public policy of this state is in favor of open government; that open government is essential to a free, open, and democratic society; and that public access to public records should be encouraged to foster confidence in government and so that the public can evaluate the expenditure of public funds and the efficient and proper functioning of its institutions. The General Assembly further finds and declares that there is a strong presumption that public records should be made available for public inspection without delay. This article shall be broadly construed to allow the inspection of governmental records.

The exceptions set forth in this article, together with any other exception located elsewhere in the Code shall be interpreted narrowly to exclude only those portions of records addressed by such exception. To read the law and all exceptions in its entirety please or to learn more about the Open Records/Open Meetings Law, view the State of Georgia Attorney General's webpage: