Effingham County Circuit Clerk/Courts

Welcome to the Circuit Clerk’s Office

It is my personal wish that those who use our office will find it responsive and fair. My Clerks are highly trained in their duties and will strive to assist you in any way they can. If you need personal assistance, please contact my office.

Please remember: We are not Attorneys and therefore cannot give out Legal Advice.

Thank You,
Tammy Kreke,
Effingham County Circuit Clerk

Functions of the Office

Traffic: This department is responsible for all the details of your traffic ticket. From here you can make a payment, search your records and find the Traffic Safety School form.

Criminal: This department is responsible for all criminal proceedings such as Misdemeanors, Felonies, DUI’s, Contempt of Court, Conservation, Local Ordinance Violations and Juvenile cases. Here you will be able to search your case and make payments.

Civil: This department is responsible for all Civil Proceedings. A listing of the Civil Case Categories is available on the Civil page.

Jury: This Department handles the jury summons and matters related to jury service.

Passport: This department is available for accepting passport applications.

When entering the Courthouse, an appropriate dress code will be observed by all, including litigants, witnesses, jurors and spectators.

The following is NOT appropriate dress:
Cut-off pants, tank tops, halter tops, mesh shirts, shirts with inappropriate or offensive logos, pictures, or writing, shirts with sleeves cut off, short skirts, short shorts, or pajama pants.
Notwithstanding the above, if a Judge determines your attire is not appropriate, and you are a participant, your case may be continued, or you may be asked to return in proper attire.


  • NO Firearms (whether real, fake, replica toy or otherwise)
  • NO Firearm holding devices
  • NO Ammunition
  • NO Explosive or Incendiary devices
  • NO Knives
  • NO Mace or Pepper spray
  • NO Glass items
  • NO Tools
  • NO Heavy Chains – to be determined by staff not patrons
  • NO Entry for any items that can be used as a weapon
  • NO Restraining Devices or Restraining Device Keys
  • NO Biker or Gang jackets including flags, symbols or colors
  • NO Large Bags
  • NO Food or Drink from outside the facility
  • NO Food allowed above the 1st Floor
  • NO Electronics – cell phones, computers, laptops, tablets, readers, camera, audio or video recorders, bluetooth devices, communication watches, games or any other electronics

Helpful Hints

Remember, electronics are not allowed. If there is information that you feel is important on your phone or other electronic device, you must print that information ahead of time, so it can be brought into the Courthouse.