The Superior Court of Cobb County is a court of general jurisdiction handling both civil and criminal law actions. The Superior Court has concurrent jurisdiction with State Court over cases involving misdemeanors, contract disputes, premises liability, and various other actions. In addition, the Superior Court has exclusive equity jurisdiction over all cases of divorce, title to land, and felonies involving jury trials, including death penalty cases. The Superior Court of Cobb County has 11 elected judges who preside over jury trials, rule on evidence, hear motions, and render verdicts in bench trials. Each Superior Court Judge is elected to a four year term.
Christopher Hansard, Court Administrator
Superior Court of Cobb County
70 Haynes Street
Marietta, Georgia 30090
(770) 528-8112 (Fax)
Christopher Hansard is a native Georgian, raised in Suwanee and northern Gwinnett County, where his family has lived for over 150 years. After graduating from North Gwinnett High School where he played in the band and was active in the debate club, he attended college at the University of Georgia and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Hansard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UGA and a Masters in Public Administration from the UNC.
He began his professional career at the Administrative Office of the Courts where he was a Research Analyst and eventual Director of the Judicial Services Division. This Division handles research and court professional licensing and education for the statewide judiciary. While at the AOC, Mr. Hansard graduated from the National Center for State Courts' Institution for Court Management program, making him an ICM Fellow, the highest certification a court administrator can achieve. After 10 years at the AOC, Mr. Hansard jumped at the opportunity to become the Superior Court Administrator in his adopted home county of Cobb.
Mr. Hansard and his wife met at UGA and have lived in Cobb since their marriage. His wife and two daughters are members of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church.