10 East Park Square
Marietta, GA 30090
Alternative Dispute Resolution is a means of settling legal disputes in lieu of often costly and time-consuming civil court trials. ADR allows you to control your own disputes and resolve the problem yourself, rather than having a judge and/or jury decide it for you. Two types of ADR are available for civil and domestic cases filed in Cobb County Superior Court.
While parties may be ordered to participate in the ADR program, any settlement is voluntary. In the absence of settlement, the parties retain their right to take their conflict before a judge and/or jury.
For information regarding the Co-Parenting Seminar or the Family Law Workshop, visit our programs page.
What is Mediation?
Mediation involves a neutral third party who facilitates settlement discussions between individuals in conflict. More informal in nature, the mediation process is intended to focus the attention of each party on their needs and interests rather than rights and positions. The mediator may assist the parties in brainstorming solutions to the problems at hand, but will not offer an opinion as to how the case should be resolved.
What is Case Evaluation?
Case Evaluation is a process in which all parties present their factual and legal arguments to a trained case evaluator. The evaluator, using his or her legal expertise and experience, weighs the strengths and weaknesses of each party's case and renders an opinion about the probable outcome of a court hearing. After the evaluator's opinion is presented, the parties may choose to: (1.) mediate the issues in contention, or (2.) proceed with formal court action. Case evaluation is not recommended for parties not represented by legal counsel.
ADR Mediation Forms
- Mediation Report
- Domestic Guidelines for Mediation
- Civil Guidelines for Mediation
- Case Evaluation Guidelines for Mediation
- Case Evaluation Report
- Case Evaluator Qualifications
- Extension of Time for Initial Discovery
- Consent Order to Extend Time
- Approved Mediation Trainers
- Case Evaluation Application
- ADR Order
Located in the basement of the Magistrate Court Building
32 Waddell Street
Marietta GA 30090
The Cobb County Drug Screening Lab is an independent, on-site laboratory, specializing in providing comprehensive and quality testing service for the Cobb County judicial complex and support agencies.
This on-site drug and alcohol testing laboratory was opened on the judicial campus during 2007 to reduce the cost of testing and to provide immediate testing results to court services and ensure public safety. The laboratory collects the donor’s specimen and provides the ordering agency with immediate analysis result. All specimen collections are directly observed to provide the most effective approach to the prevention of adulteration and substitution. The Drug Screening Lab provides time saving, economical, and accurate point of collection analysis, while maintaining the highest compliance with professional testing standards. As an added convenience to customers, the Lab accepts credit card/debit payments.
Hours of Operation
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|Closed for lunch||Closed for lunch||Closed for lunch||Closed for lunch|
|1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.||1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.||1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.||1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
The last screen before lunch will be taken at 11:30 a.m., and the last screen before the close of business will be taken at 4:30 p.m.
There will be no walk-in screens taken on Fridays from 12 - 5 p.m.
Method of Payment
The Drug Lab accepts cash, cashier’s check, money order, and credit/debit cards. Please note all credit and debit card payments will be assessed a $2.50 service charge. Also, there are no extensions, substitutions, or refunds once funds have been collected.
*In addition to the payment being rendered, a federal or state issued ID must be presented prior to being screened.
Processes and Procedures
Once payment has been collected, the individual will sit outside in the waiting room to be called. Your state or federal issued ID will be held until the screen is collected for identification purposes.
NOTE: Before any screen can be conducted, a review of the drug screen procedures must be reviewed.
Guardian Ad Litem
The Guardian Ad Litem is a trained professional appointed by the court to represent the best interests of minor children in disputed custody cases. These Guardians investigate the various aspects of the case by interviewing the children, the parents, and others who may have an interest in the resolution of the custody dispute.
As a result of the investigation, the Guardian makes a recommendation to the court as to who should be granted primary custody and what degree of visitation by the non-custodial party would be appropriate. Because of the highly sensitive and emotional nature of the placement of minor children, the Superior Court Judges Council created strict requirements for certification of Guardians Ad Litem.
What are the Qualifications to Become a Guardian?
In order to be certified as a Guardian Ad Litem, individuals must:
- Be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia.
- Have practiced law for a minimum of five years.
- Have handled or observed six custody matters from start to finish.
- Have attended the Guardian Ad Litem Seminar sponsored by the Cobb County Superior Court.
- Have attended the Cobb County Seminar for Divorcing Parents.
- Either belong to Family Law Section of the State Bar or have attended a minimum of three hours Continuing Legal Education each year in a topic related to Family Law as determined by the Cobb County Guardian Ad Litem Program.
- Agree to submit to a personal background check through the completion of a NCIC form.
- Review the Guardian Ad Litem handbook and submit a signed verification form.
Upon completion of these requirements, the attorney’s name is added to a list of certified Guardians that is supplied to the judges and counsel upon request.
How are Guardians Appointed?
Guardians Ad Litem are appointed one of three ways: the Judge may appoint a Guardian, the attorneys can agree upon a Guardian or the Guardian Ad Litem office may appoint a Guardian from a list of certified Guardians. Once a Guardian Ad Litem is appointed to a case the appropriate orders are filed and copies are sent to the counsel for each party or to the individual party if he is not represented.
For additional information please contact the ADR office at (770) 528-1812.
The Cobb County Judicial Interpreters Program administered by Superior Court administration provides interpreters to protect the rights of limited English proficiency individuals under the Title VI Civil Rights Act of 1964 and deaf or hard of hearing individuals under the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law (O.C.G.A. §24-6-650 to 658). While Spanish is the most requested language, we do get requests for dialects such as Amharic.
In any case, it is our procedure to diligently attempt to secure a certified interpreter first. If one is not available, we try for a registered or conditionally approved interpreter. If that effort fails, the judge will follow the Supreme Court of Georgia Commission on Interpreters guidelines to qualify the interpreter from the bench.
With Atlanta’s increasingly diverse population, the need for interpreters has grown dramatically. When the program started in 1990 there were 36 requests for interpreters. By 2017, the requests had increased to 4,256 for the year.
The Cobb County Judicial Interpreters Program maintains a list of interpreters’ that must be certified or registered with the Georgia Commission on Interpreters. For information on how to become a certified or registered court interpreter visit ocp.georgiacourts.gov/commission-on-interpreters.
For additional information, please email us at [email protected]
Permanent Process Servers
A process server must have an order from the court each time he or she is to serve papers. Beginning in 1998, Cobb County Superior Court judges elected to start a program enabling process servers to receive a standing order for a whole year instead of requiring a new order each time. To become a permanent process server in Cobb County a person must fill out an application and have it endorsed by a Cobb attorney. After a criminal background check is done, he or she may be awarded permanent status and be allowed to serve any papers dealing with a Superior Court case for one year.
Qualifications to become a Permanent Process Server
- Must submit an application.
- Must be endorsed by a member of the State Bar of Georgia in good standing, to have good character, honesty and integrity.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Must consent to a background check.
- Must have not committed a felony criminal offense.
- Must have completed the 12-hour Initial Orientation Training.
- The application must be approved by the Court Administrator.
Submitting an Application
New applications and renewals will be accepted between October 1st and December 15th of each year (to be effective the following year).
- New Application Form - or -
- Renewal Form
- Statement of Understanding Form
- Criminal History Consent Form
IMPORTANT: You must include a copy of your driver's license and proof of 12-Hr. orientation training with your application or renewal packet.
Email completed forms to: [email protected] (Note: You will receive a confirmation "received" email)
Mail forms to: (Note: No confirmation receipt will be sent on mailed forms)
Superior Court Administration
Attn: Wilma Robinson
70 Haynes Street, 4th Floor
Marietta, GA 30090
Once the application or renewal has been approved, your order will be automatically mailed to you the first week of January. If you have any questions, please contact Wilma Robinson at (770) 528-8901.
Receiver's Office of Superior Court Administration
10 E Park Square, Suite 404
Marietta, GA 30090
Email us at: [email protected]
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed for lunch, noon to 1 p.m.
The goal of the Receiver’s Office is to receive and distribute monies as ordered by Superior Court Judges. The office serves as record keeper providing payment information when needed by the Court.
We accept payments for private civil cases, Sentence Enforcement and Child Support Enforcement cases. Payments made under Temporary Protective Orders through Magistrate Court are also accepted to reduce as much contact between the parties as possible.
Our mission is to serve as a third party to the case by receiving and distributing payments for record-keeping purposes.
Qualified attorneys may be appointed as Special Masters for condemnations, issues of discovery or attorney/client privilege, or other matters. A Special Master makes recommendations on the issue to a Superior Court Judge.
Court Administration maintains a list of qualified Special Masters and also handles requests for a Special Master.
Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, to qualify as a Special Master, an individual must be a competent attorney at law with at least three years of experience in the practice of law and be of good standing in the profession.
Attorneys seeking to be considered as a Special Master may complete the Application below.