Georgia Criminal Records

  • Georgia has 10,214,860 total people (FBI, 2015).
  • Georgia is the 43rd largest state by population.

Court System

  • The Magistrate Courts of Georgia hear minor criminal offenses and civil claims involving amounts of $15,000 or less and they issue warrants. Some civil disputes handled in this court include ordinance violations, dispossessories, and landlord/tenant cases.
  • The Probate Courts has original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, issuing marriage licenses, and giving out licenses to carry firearms.
  • The Juvenile Courts handles all cases of youths, including deprived and neglected children, delinquency, offenses committed by children and traffic violations committed by juveniles.
  • The State Courts had limited jurisdiction within one county and they hear misdemeanors, issue search and arrest warrants, and hold preliminary hearings in criminal cases and try some civil matters.
  • The Municipal Courts handle traffic offenses, ordinance violations, and can conduct preliminary hearings.
  • The Superior Court has civil and criminal jurisdiction. They deal with cases involving all felony trials and they have exclusive jurisdiction over divorces.
  • The Court of Appeals reviews civil and criminal cases heard by the trial courts. They review many cases to correct legal errors or errors of the law.
  • The Supreme Court has the power to review any cases from a trial court or the Court of Appeals. They also answer questions involving the constitutionality of state statutes and all criminal cases involving a death penalty.

Crime Statistics for Georgia (FBI, 2015)

Crime Category Reported Cases National Rank
Violent Crime 38,643 42nd / 51 (Very High)
Murder 615 45th / 51 (Very High)
Rape 3,224 41st / 51 (Very High)
Robbery 12,247 43rd / 51 (Very High)
Aggravated Assault 22,557 42nd / 51 (Very High)
Property Crime 308,723 46th / 51 (Very High)
Burglary 66,374 45th / 51 (Very High)
Larceny Theft 215,867 46th / 51 (Very High)
Motor Vehicle Theft 26,482 46th / 51 (Very High)