Criminal Background

Due to the sensitive nature of working court cases, all applicants must submit to a criminal background check. In addition, there are several questions regarding criminal history that must be answered on the application. Applicants are encouraged to disclose as much information as possible, since honesty is a considerable factor in whether or not to approve an applicant’s registration.

Please note that while your form is held on file (you only need to submit one time), consent is implied for periodic background checks throughout the term of registration. All criminal background questions must be updated annually during the renewal application period.

If you are not sure whether or not a criminal history will prevent you from becoming a registered neutral, you may request that the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution complete an ethics pre-certification of fitness to register (an initial criminal history review prior to completing your training) for the small fee of $50.00. Please reach out to the Georgia Courts Registrar team at gcr@georgiacourts.gov or 404-463-3808 if you are interested in utilizing this service.

You may download a copy of the required Consent for Release of Information form by clicking here. Please complete and submit to the documents section of your new Georgia Courts Registrar account.

Note: The form is fillable and may be completed electronically