Open Records

Open Records Requests

§ 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:

Please fill out the form below completely. We ask that you be as specific as possible with your request to help our staff aid you in your search. Please be sure to include current and accurate contact information so our staff will be able to reach you for any questions or communications regarding your request. 

If you would like to submit an Open Records Request, please read and fill out our form:

Completed forms may be returned to the County Clerk's Office via:
Fax: 706-384-7089

Or you can stop by our office during regular operating business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (excluding holidays). Our office address is 141 Athens St. Carnesville, GA 30521.

If you choose to mail in your request, we highly suggest mailing it certified to ensure receipt of delivery.

Most requests for copies or inspection of records can be processed within three (3) business days upon receipt of the request. In some cases, requests may take longer to locate or produce and there may be associated costs involved. If that is the case, the requesting party will be made aware of any delays or associated costs before retrieval. 

Open Records Requests for the following departments are handled by the departments listed below:

Sheriff's Department
PO Box 310
1 James Little Street
Carnesville, GA 30521
Phone: 706-384-2525
Fax: 706-384-4886

Tax Commissioner's Office
PO Box 100
1221 Hull Avenue
Carnesville, GA 30521
Phone: 706-384-3455
Fax: 706-384-2245

Clerk of Superior Court
PO Box 70
9592 Lavonia Road
Carnesville, GA 30521
Phone: 706-384-2514