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Rules of the Court

If you have been ordered to appear in court, this brochure will provide important information that will assist you before your appearance. This information does not constitute legal advice. If you require legal assistance, please consult an attorney. For more information about specific court policies, or if you have any questions that are not covered in this brochure, please contact your local court clerk’s office.

Civil and Criminal Court Division

Calendar

Jury Trials

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Non Jury Trials

Civil: Monday 1:30 p.m.
Criminal: Thursday 9:00 a.m.
Dispossessories: Tuesday 9:00 a.m.

All calendars are subject to change. For civil case information call (770) 528-1219. For criminal case information call (770) 528-1263.

Jurisdiction

  • Criminal Cases: The trial of criminal cases below the grade of felony.
  • Civil Cases: The trial of civil cases without regard to the amount in controversy, except those actions in which exclusive jurisdiction is vested in the superior courts; such as divorce cases, cases involving title to land and cases involving equity issues.
  • Warrants: The hearing of applications for and the issuance of arrest and search warrants.
  • Inquiry: Holding of courts of inquiry.
  • Contempt: The punishment of contempt by fine not exceeding $500.00 or by imprisonment not exceeding 20 days, or both.
  • Review: A review of the decisions of other courts may be provided by law.

DUI Court

DUI Court is a voluntary, post-conviction, treatment-based program for those who have been convicted multiple times for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs. The DUI Court program offers enhanced supervision, counseling, and treatment to help participants function in the community with continuing support. The program lasts a minimum of 12 months; however, most participants will require more than 12 months to complete the program, so a sentence of at least 24 months is mandatory.

DUI Court Attorney Application Packet

Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be charged with their 2nd DUI in ten years, 3rd or more in lifetime, or 1st DUI with a history of reckless driving convictions;
  • Have sufficient charges to support a 24-month sentence;
  • Be a Cobb County resident;
  • Be 17 years of age or older;
  • Show an indication of alcohol/drug abuse or dependence;
  • Have no prior convictions for violent felonies or current charges (either felony or misdemeanor) involving the use of force against another;
  • Have no out-of-state warrants; and
  • Have a valid immigration status with no ICE (immigration) holds

Benefits of the Program

  • Less jail time;
  • A reduction in fine(s) by one-half, conditioned upon successful completion of the program;
  • Community service credit of 200 hours for successfully completing all phases of the program;
  • Affordable treatment and alcohol/drug testing;
  • Supervision in meeting license reinstatement requirements; and
  • Support in achieving sobriety

Cost

The cost of the program is $75 per week. This amount includes treatment and alcohol/drug testing. Any additional treatment (such as placement in a residential facility or halfway house) that a participant may require while in the program will be at his or her own expense. Participants who challenge positive test results, which confirm positive, or who are placed on additional monitoring, will be required to pay for services at their own expense.

Phases of the Program

DUI Court is divided into five phases that each have a minimum duration; how long a participant is in a particular phase depends on the participant’s level of compliance and readiness to progress in the program. In the higher phases, the program requirements lessen. The program is a minimum of 52 weeks long and cannot be completed any faster.

Court

In Phases I through III, participants attend court every other Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Phase IV and V, participants are required to attend DUI Court sessions once monthly. Court usually lasts an hour, and sessions are presided over by Judge Eric Brewton, the DUI Court Judge for the State Court of Cobb County.

Treatment

Each participant accepted into the Cobb County DUI Court program will be required to attend treatment sessions at the DUI Court treatment facility, which is located in Cobb County and is on the Cobb Community Transit bus line. Further information about the exact location of treatment services will be provided to applicants later in the application process.

Group treatment sessions figure prominently into all phases of the program. Group day/times may be subject to change at staff discretion. The current group schedule is as follows:

Phase Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Phase I
8 weeks
Family groups
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.   7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  
Phase II
12 weeks
Family groups
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.   7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  
Phase III
12 weeks
Family groups
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.   7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Phase IV
12 weeks
Family groups
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.    
Phase V
8 weeks
Family groups
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
      *7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

* Phase V group meets on the 2nd and last Fridays of the month. Group schedules are subject to change.

Participants will also attend individual treatment sessions as follows: once per week in Phase I, twice per month in Phase II, and once per month in Phases III and IV. Also, participants in Phases I through III of the program attend one family group session per month. Participants then attend at least one family group session during Phase IV. The attendance requirement for all treatment sessions may vary based on the participant’s individualized treatment plan.

Support Group Meetings

In each phase, participants are required to attend formal community-based support group meetings, such as those offered by Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, and/or other organizations. In Phase I, participants attend four meetings per week; in Phases II, III, IV, and V all require three meetings per week. Participants are also required to find a permanent sponsor and meet with that person on a regular basis.

Alcohol/Drug Testing

Throughout the program, participants are randomly alcohol and drug tested at least twice per week. Participants call in to a drug test line each day to find out whether they are scheduled to test. Testing is conducted at the treatment facility between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Positive or missed tests will result in a jail sanction; repeat positive/missed tests may result in revocation and termination from the program.

Employment/Educational Requirements

All program participants must work full time or be in school full time. Please inquire regarding the acceptability of online courses. Those who are unemployed for any length of time while in the program must show proof that they are actively searching for a job. Community service hours may be imposed for those who do not show acceptable job search proof and/or for those who are not employed by the end of the job search “grace period.” The length of this grace period varies depending on the
participant’s ability to show that he or she is actively searching for a job.

Contact and Information

DUI Court Coordinator: Darcy Kamau

For more information or to apply, email [email protected] or call 770-528-1762

Traffic Court

Calendar

Pleas Calendar: Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m.
Trial Calendar: Monday - Thursday 1:30 p.m.
Trial Calendar: Friday 8:30 a.m.

Court Location

Traffic courtroom 1A is located on the first floor. Traffic courtrooms 2A, 2B, 2C, and 2D and fine payment windows are located on the second floor of the State Court Building.

Courtroom Assignment

All persons scheduled to appear in traffic court should check the bulletin board located in the second floor lobby area for their courtroom assignment

Traffic Citation

Persons receiving traffic citations should appear on the day indicated on the citation at 8:30 a.m. for the purpose of entering a plea. If the person charged enters a not guilty plea they will be rescheduled for a return appearance for the purpose of a non-jury trial.

Not Guilty

Persons charged with a traffic violation, that enter a not guilty plea will be rescheduled for a later day to return for their trial.

Guilty

Persons charged with a traffic violation who plead guilty on their court day should be prepared to pay a fine that day.

Payable Offenses

Certain traffic violations are payable in advance of the court day. The officer issuing the citation should inform you if your offense is payable in advance, however, if you aren’t sure call (770) 528-2667. Please allow 5 calendar days from the time you were issued the citation before calling. Have your citation number available for reference.

Failure to Appear

Unexcused absence from court could result in a warrant being issued for your arrest.