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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.

Note:  The below noted cancellation does not apply to essential in-person probation revocation hearings.

January 19, 2021: Court Cancellation Notice For Most, But Not All, Court Hearings

Due to increased transmission and rising Covid-19 cases, the Chief Judge of Cobb Superior Court has ordered a halt to most in-person proceedings.  Cancellation notices were mailed Tuesday, January 12, 2021, and will continue to be mailed each day until in-person court may resume.  The Clerk of Court will send a new court date notice to the last known address on file.  For questions regarding your case, please call the Clerk’s Office at 770-528-2660.

Statewide Judicial Emergency Extended through February 7, 2021

The Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court has extended the statewide Judicial Emergency through February 7, 2021, citing the alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in the state.

Tenth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency

General Safety Guidelines for All Courts in Cobb County

All participants in essential in-person proceedings are to comply with the following safety guidelines:

  1. Please leave all non-essential people at home. Avoid bringing children or family members, especially the elderly, to court.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. Mask or face covering required. Everyone, including Judges and court staff, 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Temperature checks: As you enter the courthouse your temperature may be taken. If you have a fever and are turned away from the courthouse, contact the Assigned Judge's office to be excused and to have your case rescheduled.
  8. Upon entry to the courthouse, you will then answer the above COVID-19 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.
  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 to access the upper floors if they are able. 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 in the courthouses. Everyone is encouraged to use it frequently.
  12. Restrooms are located on every floor and everyone is encouraged to wash hands frequently.
  13. Do not use the water fountains. Property management/facilities directors are encouraged to disconnect the water fountains if they are able.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Any court conducting a calendar of essential matters shall take precautions to stagger matters appropriately and limit the size of the calendar to avoid large gatherings.

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 Diana Simmons 770-528-1731
Chief 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.