COVID-19 Requirements for Visitors
Face covering/mask required for all visitors entering the State Court Building.
Jury Trial Resumption – May 17, 2021
General Safety Guidelines for All Courts in Cobb County
All participants appearing at in-person proceedings are to comply with the following safety guidelines:
- Please leave all non-essential people at home. Avoid bringing children or family members, especially the elderly, to court.
- No one should come to court if they are not feeling well or have a temperature above 100 degrees. Contact the Assigned Judge's office to be excused and to have your case rescheduled.\
- Before entering the courthouse, please answer the questions below. If your answer to any of the four questions is YES, then you should not come to the courthouse. Instead, contact the Assigned Judge's office to request to be excused and to have your case rescheduled.
- Within the last 48 hours have you experienced:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Have you been around anyone who has been diagnosed with or is under investigation for potential COVID-19 infection?
- Within the last 48 hours have you experienced:
- Mask or face covering requirement.
- Public Areas - Masks are required for everyone in public areas of the courthouse. Everyone, including Judges and court staff, coming to the courthouses shall have a mask or face covering on to enter the public entrances to the building. The mask or face covering shall remain on while in the public areas of the courthouse. It must remain on in the courtrooms unless you are given permission to remove the mask or face covering by the judge.
- Private Work Areas/Secured Areas - Masks are not required for fully vaccinated staff in the non-public areas of the courthouse. Fully vaccinated is defined as 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of a 2-dose series (e.g., Moderna or Pfizer) or 2 weeks after the single-dose vaccine (e.g., J&J). Other elected officials located within the courthouses may continue to require masks in their private/secured office areas if they wish.
- Courtrooms - Judges have the discretion to impose or lift mask restrictions in their individual courtrooms when required to facilitate argument or testimony in a proceeding. For example, witnesses, attorneys and litigants may argue and testify unmasked with permission of the Judge. During virtual hearings where no members of the public are present, the Judge and staff may remove their masks if vaccinated.
- Entering the courthouses: If you are entering the courthouse and there is a line, maintain six feet of social distancing. Where there are markings on the ground establishing safe spacing, they are to be followed.
- Temperature checks.
- Members of the public - As you enter the courthouse your temperature may be taken. If there is not a symptom check station, you are expected to be on your honor to monitor your symptoms prior to entering the building. If you have a fever and/or are turned away from the courthouse, contact the Assigned Judge's office to be excused and to have your case rescheduled.
- Court Employees and Cobb Bar members with security badges - The courts will follow the Cobb County protocols for temperature screening. Those with badge access may resume using those respective entrances but are to be responsible for self-screening for symptoms and temperatures before arriving at the courthouse.
- The social distancing rules are in effect in and around all Cobb County courthouses. Everyone shall maintain at least six feet distance from anyone else. However, fully vaccinated staff or members from the same household are exempt from the social distancing requirement.
- Elevators and stairs: People entering the courthouses are encouraged to use the stairs to access the upper floors if they are able to reduce the congestion on the elevators and therefore the risk of respiratory illness transmission. However, due to the short nature of the ride, vaccine availability, and the courthouse mask requirement, the previous restrictions on elevator capacity are rescinded.
- Hand sanitizer stations are on every floor in the courthouses. Everyone is encouraged to use it frequently.
- Restrooms are located on every floor and everyone is encouraged to wash hands frequently.
- Do not use the water fountains. Property management/facilities directors are encouraged to disconnect the water fountains if they are able.
- Courtrooms: There are limits on the number of people who may safely enter a courtroom to comply with the social distancing requirements. These limits vary depending on the size of the courtroom. If you anticipate that your case will require more people in attendance at your hearing than can safely fit into the courtroom, then notify the Assigned Judge's office sufficiently in advance of the hearing so that accommodations can be made for overflow.
- In the courtrooms, observers and participants may sit in the gallery on the designated marked seats only. No one may approach the bench without the permission of the Assigned Judge. Everyone is encouraged to remain outside the courtroom until their case is called. Witnesses are encouraged to remain outside the courtroom until they are called. The witness will testify from the marked witness seat.
- Except in jury trials and where directed otherwise by the Assigned Judge, exhibits should be made available in electronic format in advance of the hearing so that they are not passed back and forth between multiple people in the courtroom. Contact the Assigned Judge for instructions on exhibits and copies of their evidence protocols and procedures.
- Any court conducting an in-person calendar of matters shall take precautions to stagger matters appropriately and limit the size of the calendar to avoid large gatherings.
Judges' Office Telephone Numbers
|Judge Allison Salter - Div I, Post I||770-528-1711|
|Judge Maria Golick - Div I, Post II||770-528-1761|
|Judge John Morgan - Div I, Post III||770-528-1741|
|Judge Jane Manning - Div I, Post IV||770-528-1701|
|Judge Eric Brewton - Div I, Post V||770-528-1721|
|Judge Diana Simmons - Div I, Post VI||770-528-1731|
|Chief Judge Carl W. Bowers - Div I, Post VII||770-528-8001|
|Judge Jason Fincher - Div II, Post I||770-528-1751|
|Judge Marsha Lake - Div II, Post II||770-528-1771|
|Judge Henry Thompson - Div II, Post III||770-528-1700|
|Judge Bridgette Campbell - Div II, Post IV||770-423-6800|
|Judge Ashley Palmer - Div II, Post V||770-528-8502|
Other Court Updates
For general information, visit the main Cobb County COVID-19 page. For information on other courts, visit each court's section.