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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.

General Safety Guidelines for All Courts in Cobb County

  1. To the extent possible all parties, attorneys, and witnesses should appear via teleconference or videoconference.
  2. The courthouse will remain open for the public, but they are encouraged to stay home. Only parties, attorneys and necessary witnesses should appear and only if the hearing cannot be handled via teleconferencing or videoconferencing.
  3. Please leave all non-essential people at home. Avoid bringing children or family members, especially the elderly, to court.
  4. 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.
  5. Before you come to the courthouse please answer the four 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 be excused and to have your case rescheduled.
    1. Have you had a recent onset of coughing?
    2. Have you had any recent difficulty breathing?
    3. Have you been around anyone who has been outside of the country in the last 14 days, or
    4. Have you been around anyone who has been diagnosed with or is under investigation for potential COVID-19 infection?
  6. Prior to entering the courthouse, you should answer the above questions again, and if your answer to any of the above questions is YES, then contact the Assigned Judge's office to be excused and to have your case rescheduled.
  7. Mask or face covering required. Everyone coming to the courthouses shall have a mask or face covering on to enter the building. The mask or face covering shall remain on while in the courthouse, unless you are given permission to remove the mask or face covering by the judge or other court staff member.
  8. Entering the courthouses. If you are entering the courthouse and there is a line, maintain social distance. Where there are markings on the ground establishing safe spacing, they are to be followed.
  9. 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.
  10. Elevators and stairs. People entering the courthouses are encouraged to use the stairs. The elevators have the number of people that can safely use them marked, they are limited to 1 or 2 people at a time based on their size.
  11. Hand sanitizer stations are on every floor by the restrooms. Everyone is encouraged to use it frequently.
  12. Restrooms are located on every floor and everyone is encouraged to wash hands frequently.
  13. Courtrooms. There are limits on the number of people who may safely enter a courtroom to comply with the social distancing requirements. 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.
  14. In the courtrooms, observers may sit in the gallery on the marked "X" only. No one may pass the bar without the permission of the Assigned Judge. People are 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 in the jury box.
  15. 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's office for instructions on exhibits.

May 11, 2020 - Memorandum from Chief Judge Reuben Green, Superior Court of Cobb County

Statewide Judicial Emergency Extended for Sixth Time: September 10, 2020

For the 6th time, the Chief Justice of Georgia’s Supreme Court has extended the Statewide Judicial Emergency. The order prohibits jury trials, among other things, and is now in effect until October 10.

September 10, 2020 - Statewide Judicial Emergency Extension

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

Other Court Updates

For general information, visit the main Cobb County COVID-19 page. For information on other courts, visit each court's section.