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By Ruth A. Wilson

Clerk of Courts

By law, we, in the Clerk of Courts Office, are not permitted to provide legal advice or referrals even though we are regularly asked to do so. We want to be as helpful as possible to our patrons and constituents so we make a great effort to provide regular information on where legal assistance can be found. 

Following are five free opportunities and resources:

Ask A Lawyer Day, April 13

The event will be held 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, 864 Green Street, Conyers. Topics:  Family, Wills & Estates, Bankruptcy / Consumer, Landlord Tenant and more.  For more information: 404-894-7707

Family Law Information Center  

The Family Law Information Center offers free one-time, 30-minute consultations each Friday, 9:30 a.m. to noon, by appointment only.  No criminal matters are addressed. All applicants are scheduled for 9:30 a.m., and are seen on a first-come, first-served basis by signing in with the deputy clerk in Room 204. Consultations are provided by licensed volunteer attorneys in the Rockdale County Courthouse Law Library. The attorneys will provide general information, guidance and assistance. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the Clerk of Courts Civil Division at 770-278-7905. Missed appointments without 24 hours prior notice will not be rescheduled.

Nancy Guinn Memorial Library

864 Green St., Conyers: Patrons have access to an extensive up-to-date collection of legal books and the Westlaw Next legal database including Official Code of Georgia Annotated (all laws of the state), Black’s Law Dictionary, Practice & Procedure. The Westlaw Next database includes access to: Case law and legal forms, state and federal statutes, administrative codes, newspaper and magazine articles, etc.  

Legal Self-Help Links

Atlanta Legal Aid
www.atlantalegalaid.org

Basic Rules of Court Conduct  www.georgiacourts.org/content/basic-rules-court-conduct

Cornell Legal Information Institute

www.law.cornell.edu/states

Everybody’s Legal Glossary   www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/internetresources/everybodys-legal-glossary-nolo

FindLaw – www.findlaw.com

FindLaw en Español – blogs.findlaw.com/insider/2009/10/new-findlaw-en-espanol-launched-for-spanish-speaking-consumers-seeking-legal-information.html

Georgia Legal Aid
www.georgialegalaid.org

Georgia Probate information   www.georgiaprobaterecords.com

gaprobate.gov. All of the standard probate forms are available on this website

Georgia State University Law Library   

lawlibrary.gsu.edu

“I Present My Case”
(video for pro se litigants) 

www.fairplay.org/about/I-present-my-case.html Requires Adobe Flash Player

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation 

www.law.cornell.edu/citation

Learn about your Georgia courts 

www.georgiacourts.gov/georgia-courts/learn-about-the-courts

Lectric Law Library

www.lectlaw.com

Nolo

www.nolo.com

Representing yourself – Dougherty County, GA links 

www.dougherty.ga.us/content/2889/3011/3528/default.aspx

Record Restriction Forum, June 9

Arrest record cleanup: 9 a.m. to noon, Springfield Baptist Church, 1877 Iris Drive SE, Conyers. May be eligible for record restriction if: 

 • Arrested in Rockdale County by Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Conyers Police Department or Georgia State Patrol

 • Arrest not resulting in a conviction (PLEAS, JURY TRIALS, OR NOLOS)

 • Pre-Trial Intervention/Diversion Program Completed

Why Restrict?

 • Improve Housing Opportunities

 • Improve Job Opportunities

 • Improve Financial Access Opportunities

Must apply in advance. Applications available April 16 at RockdaleClerk.com.

 

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One comment

  • Garvn Haynes

    June 5, 2018 at 12:28 am

    I have to say that this is one of the most innovative approaches I have ever seen
    come out of our Court Systems. I did not agree with Mrs. Wilsons support for the
    foolish tax crushing $140 million Bond Tax increase, she is 100 percent on target and beyond and above her priors with this program. Just because you have been
    accused, thus arrested, then then dropped with out the D.A pressing charges you
    still have a quote record. NOT FAIR, I wish to thank Mrs. Wilson and D.A Johnson
    for such program that corrects the legal and moral injustice to those that should
    not carry a charge forever. THANK YOU… I only hope that they would consider
    continuing the program as a regular thing. It would not cost the county hardly
    anything, yet as they state could change peoples lives forever.

    Thank you both and with all due respect, this this one of the most best programs
    of any kind I have ever seen come out of govt. Full disclosure. I have filed for
    the same. I was accused of battery , my attorneys said don’t say anything while
    all I wanted to do was yell to the top of my lungs that I was assaulted and all I
    did was defend myself.

    Rockdale Citizen happy to print me turning my self in but when charges were droped
    they refused to print anything. The accuser admitted I did not strike first and
    he had a anger problem…. Yet It still shows me as being arrested… WHY should
    that be?

    This is only one example of many people that have been done wrong by falsely accused. I encourage any and all to take advantage to the good judgment and
    good will of D.A. Johnson and Clerk of Courts Mrs. Wilson. Two true public Gems.

    Respectfully,
    Garvin Haynes

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