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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

Cobb County 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 or other intoxicants. The DUI Court offers enhanced supervision, counseling, and treatment to help participants function in the community with continuing support.

The mission of the Cobb County DUI Court is to enhance public safety by targeting repeat DUI offenders for placement in an intensive program of treatment, judicial supervision, and individual accountability. The goal of the program is to reduce participant recidivism and enable participants to contribute to and function within the community.

The Cobb DUI Court program is always evolving and adapting the program to meet national and state standards and best practices.  The Cobb County DUI court is a fully certified Georgia accountability court.

Eligibility

  • Second DUI in ten years or third in lifetime
  • Cobb County resident
  • 17 years of age or older
  • Indication of alcohol/drug abuse or dependence
  • No violent felony offenses
  • No out-of-state warrants
  • Valid/current residence/immigration status

Program Entry

Referrals to DUI Court must be approved by the assigned judge and the assigned prosecutor. After the defendant and his or her attorney complete the application packet, a preliminary assessment will be administered. The DUI Court Team will then make the final decision regarding program entry.

Phases of the Program

  • Each participant’s progress will be reported to the entire DUI Court team through weekly staff meetings held prior to the status conference court proceeding.
  • Detailed status reports are prepared and copied for the Judge and all team members to review as a part of the staffing process.
  • A review of their treatment and overall program status will be discussed, along with any program violations and recommendations.
  • The judge finalizes all rewards and sanctioning.
  • The program takes a minimum of twelve months to complete.  Progress is contingent upon the participants' individual compliance and completion of program requirements.

Contact and Information

DUI Court Coordinator: Darcy Kamau
Assistant DUI Court Coordinator: Tiffany Jones

Questions? Email: [email protected]

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.