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State Court: COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Requirements for Visitors

Face covering/mask required for all visitors entering the State Court Building.

Summary of May 28, 2020 Memorandum

MEMORANDUM

May 28, 2020

To All Litigants, Attorneys and Members of the Public,

On May 11, 2020 the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court extended the Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency of March 14, 2020 through and including June 12, 2020. Further, by Order of May 12, 2020, the Chief Judge of the Cobb Superior Court, Reuben Green, extended the judicial emergency in the Cobb Judicial Circuit.

In his order extending the judicial emergency, the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court granted Courts the discretion to add back non-essential in-person proceedings so long as Courts remain in compliance with public health guidance and applicable legal principles.

Pursuant to this grant of authority, State Court will resume a limited number of in-person proceedings beginning June 1, 2020. Starting June 1, 2020, State Court will open a total of four courtrooms - one courtroom per floor. The judges will preside in these courtrooms on a rotating basis. The memorandum issued by Chief Judge Reuben Green on May 12, 2020 regarding safety guidelines governs all courthouses in Cobb County and is hereby incorporated by reference for the conducting of business in State Court.

Carl W. Bowers
Chief Judge
State Court of Cobb County
770-528-8001

May 28, 2020 - Memorandum from Chief Judge Carl W. Bowers

Duty Judge Schedule

Date Duty Judge
May 29 Judge David Darden
June 1 Judge Allison Salter
June 2 Judge Maria Golick
June 3 Judge Henry Thompson
June 4 Judge Eric Brewton
June 5 Judge Marsha Lake
June 8 Judge Carl Bowers
June 9 Judge Jane Manning
June 10 Judge Bridgette Campbell
June 11 Judge David Darden
June 12 Judge Jane Manning
June 15 Judge John Morgan
June 16 Judge Jason Fincher
June 17 Judge Jane Manning
June 18 Judge Maria Golick
June 19 Judge Henry Thompson
June 22 Judge Eric Brewton
June 23 Judge Marsha Lake
June 24 Judge Carl Bowers
June 25 Judge Allison Salter
June 26 Judge Bridgette Campbell
June 29 Judge Jason Fincher
June 30 Judge David Darden

Judges' Office Telephone Numbers

Judge Phone Number
Judge Allison Salter 770-528-1711
Judge Maria Golick 770-528-1761
Judge John Morgan 770-528-1741
Judge Jane Manning 770-528-1701
Judge David Darden 770-528-1721
Judge Toby Prodgers 770-528-1731
Judge Carl W. Bowers 770-528-8001
Judge Jason Fincher 770-528-1751
Judge Henry Thompson 770-528-1700
Judge Marsha Lake 770-528-1771
Judge Bridgette Campbell 770-423-6800
Judge Eric Brewton 770-528-8502

Previous Memorandums

Summary of May 12, 2020 Memorandum

MEMORANDUM

May 12, 2020

To All Litigants, Attorneys and Members of the Public,

On May 11, 2020 the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court extended the Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency of March 14, 2020 through and including June 12, 2020. Further, by Order of May 12, 2020, the Chief Judge of the Cobb Superior Court, Reuben Green, extended the judicial emergency in the Cobb Judicial Circuit.

The State Court of Cobb County will continue to provide essential services via a duty judge rotation through the end of May. The Court is developing procedures, consistent with the observance of all local, state, and federal health guidelines, to resume non-essential court matters.

Additionally, the Court will conduct a limited number of non-essential criminal matters daily through the duty judge rotation. Please contact the assigned judge in your case if you wish to be placed on the duty judge's calendar to handler your non-essential criminal matter.

Other proceedings, including civil matters, may be handled by each judge in his or her discretion through video conference means. Should a litigant or attorney have a matter to bring to the court's attention, that party should contact the assigned judge's office for further instructions.

Carl W. Bowers
Chief Judge
State Court of Cobb County
770-528-8001

May 12, 2020 - Memorandum from Chief Judge Carl W. Bowers

Summary of April 7, 2020 Memorandum

MEMORANDUM

April 7, 2020

To All Litigants, Attorneys and Members of the Public,

On April 6, 2020 the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court extended the Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency of March 14, 2020 through and including May 13, 2020. Therefore the State Court of Cobb County hereby informs all interested individuals that the Court's Memorandum of March 18, 2020 shall remain in full force and effect. The Memorandum of March 18, 2020 is modified ONLY as to reflect the following duty judge schedule effective April 14, 2020.

Carl W. Bowers
Chief Judge
State Court of Cobb County
770-528-8001

April 7, 2020 - Memorandum from Chief Judge Carl W. Bowers

Summary of March 18, 2020 Memorandum

MEMORANDUM

March 18, 2020

To All Litigants, Attorneys and Members of the Public,

On March 14, 2020 the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court issued an Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency; in keeping with that Order and to ensure continued operations of the State Court of Cobb County, the court schedules will be scaled back and modified to reduce the risk to staff, attorneys, parties and the public. To that end,

  1. Large gatherings of people should be avoided.
  2. No one should come to court if he or she is not feeling well.
  3. All non-essential people should remain away from the courthouse. Please avoid bringing family members to court, especially the elderly. The public is encouraged to stay home consistent with the advice and guidance of public health authorities.

Effective Monday March 23, 2020, the State Court of Cobb County will shift all courtroom business to the Duty State Court Judge. All such business shall be conducted in Courtroom lA of the Cobb State Court Building commencing at 9:00 a.m. Any attorney desiring to schedule a custodial matter before the Duty State Court Judge should first contact the assigned judge to ensure the scheduling and transport of that custodial individual.

The Duty State Court Judge shall ONLY conduct each day any custodial cases such as pleas, bond and bond related matters, probation revocation hearings, and any custodial case appearing on any criminal trial calendar call. The Duty State Court Judge shall ONLY conduct those matters daily regardless of current case assignment.

The Sheriff of Cobb County shall only transport inmates after being so requested by the Court.

Arraignment calendars are cancelled and will be rescheduled after the judicial emergency. Attorneys should feel free to waive arraignments.

Criminal jury trial calendar calls are cancelled and will be rescheduled after the judicial emergency.

Probation revocation calendars are cancelled and will be rescheduled after the judicial emergency.

The Duty Judge schedule will be posted on the Cobb State Court webpage, on the front door of the courthouse and on the first floor of the courthouse.

Carl W. Bowers
Chief Judge
State Court of Cobb County
770-528-8001

March 18, 2020 - Memorandum from Chief Judge Carl W. Bowers

Summary of March 13, 2020 Memorandum

MEMORANDUM

March 13, 2020

On March 13, 2020, Chief Judge Reuben Green of the Superior Court of Cobb County issued an Order Declaring Judicial Emergency ("Order") for the Cobb Judicial Circuit pursuant to OCGA 38-3-60. The Order provides that "civil and other non-essential matters shall be limited by the courts."

Pursuant to the Order and in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare; the State Court of Cobb County is canceling appearances of the below civil and non-essential matters for the duration of the judicial emergency or until further notice. A new court date notice will be sent to all affected parties.

Carl W. Bowers
Chief Judge
State Court of Cobb County
770-528-8001

March 13, 2020 - Memorandum from Chief Judge Carl W. Bowers

Other Court Updates

For info on other Cobb Courts (Probate, Magistrate, Superior, etc.) visit the main Cobb County COVID-19 page, and refer to the COURT SYSTEM Information section.