CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND COURT OPERATIONS

 

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia issued an order on March 14, 2020, declaring a statewide judicial emergency.  The declaration order automatically “suspends, tolls, extends, and otherwise grants relief from any deadlines or other time schedules or filing requirements imposed by otherwise applicable statutes, rules, regulations, or court orders, whether in civil or criminal cases or administrative matters…”

 

When the judicial emergency terminates, attorneys will have the same amount of time to file their documents that they had remaining at the time the order went into effect on March 14. In the meantime, attorneys do not need to file requests for extension of time. While the order is in place, failure to file certain documents that have specific deadlines, such as briefs, cannot be grounds for dismissing a case. However, the Court encourages parties to continue to file briefs and other documents when practicable, as the Court is continuing to work on cases.

 

For a current status of the statewide judicial emergency, please visit https://www.gasupreme.us.  Updates regarding the DeKalb County Courthouse are available at https://www.dekalbsuperiorcourt.com

 

 

COVID-19 Informational Packet

Dear citizens of DeKalb County, Georgia and individuals required to appear before the State Court of DeKalb County­ – Traffic Division:

 

The State of Georgia, DeKalb County Government and the courts are  closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak via the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus and protocols around it are changing quickly, and it is our desire to mitigate any impact on our citizens, court staff and judges. The State Court – Traffic Division is a high-volume court with multinational individuals being required to appear in our court daily.

 

On March 14, 2020, the Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of Georgia declared a “Judicial Emergency” in the State of Georgia and therefore ordered the suspension of “non essential” court functions until July 10, 2020. (A copy of the Order is attached below.) Accordingly, the court will reschedule all pending courts cases during this period, without penalty to you.

Order

Extension Order

 

TRAFFIC DIVISION COURT INFORMATION

3630 Camp Circle
Decatur, Georgia 30032

If you are scheduled to appear in Traffic Court beginning March 16, through July 10, 2020, please be advised that all hearings during this time have been suspended until further notice. Please be advised that your court date will be rescheduled.  PLEASE DO NOT APPEAR AT COURT DURING THIS PERIOD. A notice of a new court date will be mailed to you.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?

The court will maintain sufficient staff to process certain case closure requests during the hours of 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. The Solicitor –General of DeKalb County has agreed to review certain cases which may be resolved without a court appearance by you. If you have not otherwise been contacted by the court regarding an opportunity to resolve your case remotely, you may contact the court with any inquiry or request at: dcrcinfo@dekalbcountyga.gov   Your request will be reviewed by a judge and may be approved electronically..  If approved, you may make a payment by telephone or via the internet to bring closure to your case.

 

We will continue to monitor this serious health concern and will do everything we can to keep the public and our court staff healthy.

 

Pay Your fine Online

Submit your Plea electronically 

Contact Traffic Division Call Center: 404-294-2099

 

JURY DIVISION COURT INFORMATION

556 N. McDonough Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030

 

Jury Trials have been suspended for the next 30 days. If you have a court date scheduled within that time period, contact the Court at number below depending on your court assignment at least 3 days prior to your court date for direction. Because processes are constant developing, keep checking this website for updates.

 

While the Courthouse remains open for essential business, the State and Magistrate Court Clerk’s Office is closed to the public and recommends submitting filings electronically at www.efilega.com. Dispossessory bulk filings are still required to be submitted using https://efile.myfivepoint.com/ga/.

Those who insist on filing in person should utilize the drop box outside of room 270. We will continue to provide assistance by phone at 404-371-2261.

 

Division 1- Judge Wong—Cheryl Doss, 404-371-2591

Division 2- Judge Anderson—Ersula Butler, 404-371-2350

Division 3- Judge Purdom—Main #, 404-687-7180

Division 4- Judge Panos—Main #, 404-371-2354

Division 5- Judge Jacobs—Tamika Thompson, 404-371-2300

Division 6- Judge Lopez—Nicole Munoz, 404-687-7130

Division 7- Judge Gordon– Taya Baker, 404-687-3999