Juvenile Court Operations Update

  • Posted on: 3 April 2020
  • By: Juvenile Court ...

Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, Detention Hearings and Preliminary Protective Hearings (PPH) will be scheduled at 10 am on Mondays and Thursdays, until the Judicial Emergency Order ends. Pursuant to the Executive Order declaring a Judicial Emergency in Fulton County, issued on March 13, 2020 by the Chief Judge of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, the Fulton County Juvenile Court will only conduct essential hearings, including PPH's and Detention Hearings for detained youth. These hearings will be conducted via video conference in accordance with Rule 12.2 of the Uniform Rules of Juvenile Court and the Order Temporarily Clarifying/Amending Juvenile Court Video Conferencing Rules issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia on March 31, 2020.

Parties are expected to participate in hearings via video-conference or teleconference. If a party does not have adequate equipment, telephone or other device to access the virtual hearings, the party will be provided access to the virtual hearings upon contacting the Fulton County Juvenile Court at (404) 612-4402 or (404) 612-4419.

No non-essential hearings will take place prior to the statewide judicial emergency order being lifted unless they can be conducted by video or teleconferencing. Instead, all non-essential hearings shall be rescheduled to a date beyond April 13, 2020 and shall be continued pursuant to the extension of the statewide judicial emergency order. Parties in all non-essential matters shall receive notice via U.S. mail with their new court date.

Supreme Court of Georgia, Amended Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency
Superior Court of Fulton County, Order Declaring Judicial Emergency

Juvenile Court Operations Update

  • Posted on: 30 March 2020
  • By: Juvenile Court ...

Fulton County Juvenile Court has joined the Atlanta Judicial Circuit in an Executive Order declaring a Statewide Judicial Emergency in Fulton County, issued on March 13, 2020 by the Chief Judge of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit.

The Fulton County Juvenile Court will only conduct essential hearings, including Preliminary Protective Hearings (PPH) and Detention Hearings for detained youth. These hearings will be calendared on Mondays and Thursdays and will be conducted via video conference in accordance with Rule 12.2 of the Uniform Rules of Juvenile Court. Detention hearings will be scheduled at 10 am. Preliminary Protective Hearings (PPH) will be scheduled at 2pm through April 2, 2020. Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, both Detention Hearings and PPH's will be scheduled at 10 am on Mondays and Thursdays, until the Judicial Emergency Order ends.

Judges will hear the cases on a rotating schedule and may physically be in the court for all hearings. All other parties are expected to participate in hearings via video-conference or teleconference. If a party does not have adequate equipment, telephone or other device to access the virtual hearings, the party will be provided access to the virtual hearings upon contacting the Fulton County Juvenile Court at (404) 612-4402 or (404) 612-4419. Where the judge is presiding remotely over a video-conference, notice shall be given to the public and the parties that a proceeding will occur wholly by remote video-conference.

No non-essential hearings will take place prior to the statewide judicial emergency order being lifted unless they can be conducted by video or teleconferencing. Instead, all non-essential hearings shall be rescheduled to a date beyond April 13, 2020 and shall be continued pursuant to the extension of the statewide judicial emergency order. Parties in all non-essential matters shall receive notice via U.S. mail with their new court date. Attorneys in all non-essential matters may contact the chambers of the judge assigned to their case with questions.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office shall direct DFCS Case Managers, attorneys, parties, and any individual who is seeking public access to essential hearings to use the telephone located at the Receptionist's Desk in the lobby of Fulton County Juvenile Court. In order to gain access to the hearing, those individuals should contact the Intake Unit at (404) 612-4419.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office shall direct private citizens who appear at the court in person for other legal business to the telephone located at the Receptionist's Desk in the lobby of the Fulton County Juvenile Court to contact (404) 612-4419, prior to entering any other department of the court.

The Intake Unit
The Intake Office is open to the public for limited filings during the hours of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, until further notice. The Intake Unit operates on a 24 hour basis. Please contact the Intake Unit at (404) 612-4419 for instructions on submitting documents or pleadings electronically prior to visiting the courthouse in person.

Court Administration
Court Administration employees are working remotely and will be available to support Juvenile Court via email and phone as needed. Please use Court Administration's main line: (404) 613-4559.

Probation Services
All probation officers will be available and managing their caseloads via telephone. Probation Supervisors/Staff shall only submit cases alleging severe probation violations, potentially placing children or the public at risk, to the Court with requests for arrest warrants. For more information, please contact Samuel Washington, Assistant Director of Probation Services, at samuel.washington@fultoncountyga.gov or (404) 613-4804.

Behavioral Health
The Behavioral Health Unit is available to assist families in connecting with providers, addressing psychiatric emergencies (if a child is a danger to self/others) and supporting youth/families on its Mental Health Caseload. Listed below are important numbers for families in crisis:

GA Crisis/Access Helpline: 800-715-4225
Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
Child Protective Services: 855-422-4453
Hughes Spalding: 404-785-5437
Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

For more information regarding the Fulton County Juvenile Behavioral Health Unit, please contact: Shelly Spizuoco, Director of Behavioral Health Services at: Shelly.spizuoco@fultoncountyga.gov or (404) 613-4637.

Court and Family Services
Accountability Courts: All regularly scheduled in-person treatment court sessions, including HOPE, CHOICES and PARTNERS are suspended until after the Judicial Emergency Order is lifted, however, virtual hearings may be conducted. Please contact Tiffany Barclay for more information. New referrals will not be processed until the Court resumes normal business operations. For more information regarding the Fulton County Juvenile Accountability Court Program, please contact Tiffany Barclay, Email: Tiffany.Barclay@fultoncountyga.gov; Phone: (404) 964-7293.

CHINS Unit
The CHINS Unit will continue to provide case management services for ungovernable, truancy, educational neglect and runaway cases. New referrals will be accepted from Intake via email to miriam.kirby@fultoncountyga.gov and will be assigned to CHINS coordinators. CHINS cases that require more intensive consultation will be referred to the Behavioral Health Unit after assessment by CHINS coordinators.

Citizen Review Panel: All panels are suspended and will be rescheduled to a date beyond the end of the Judicial Emergency Court Order.

Education Advocates: Education advocates will work remotely and be available for educational video conferences as well as Accountability Court video/tele conferences.
Kimberly Washington, Supervisor: Kimberly.Washington@fultoncountyga.gov
Paula Rafferty: Mobile (404) 664-7823, Paula.Rafferty@fultoncountyga.gov
Rita Madden: Mobile: (678) 427-5719, Rita.Madden@fultoncountyga.gov

Guardians ad Litem: (GALs) will attend Detention Hearings as needed in the absence of a parent. All GALs will also be on call for all Dependency PPH hearings. Contact Kimberly Washington, Supervisor, for more information, Kimberly.Washington@fultoncountyga.gov.

Mediation: All mediation sessions are suspended and will be rescheduled once the Judicial Emergency Order ends.

PARTNER PROGRAMS

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Atlanta CASA has suspended in-court support but is continuing to provide regular (modified) services to foster care youth during this judicial emergency. Please contact Atlanta CASA with questions or concerns at (404) 613-4720 or via email: director@atlantacasa.org.

Truancy Intervention Project (TIP): TIP is updating the website with up to the minute resource links for education, legal and basic need resources and planning for virtual life skills groups with TIP youth via Zoom. For additional information, visit TIP's website www.truancyproject.org or contact Sarah Babcock at sbabcock@truancyproject.org.

youthSpark: youthSpark continues to provide services to Juvenile Court youth via virtual support groups, connecting youth to resources, educational support and crisis intervention. For general questions, please call (404) 612-4628. To make a referrals, send an email to referrals@youth-spark.org.

Message from FCJC Judges to Youth & Families

  • Posted on: 26 March 2020
  • By: Juvenile Court ...

From the Judges of the Fulton County Juvenile Court to the Youth of Fulton County:

The Judges of the Fulton County Juvenile Court want to reach out and encourage all youth in Fulton County to stay home and stay safe. Your role in following our Atlanta Mayor’s 14 day stay at home order as well as other governmental guidelines is crucial in keeping you and your families safe from contracting the coronavirus. Please use this time to keep learning through your school’s online programs or to read a book. #Staysafe #Stayhome #Step-up

Welcome to Juvenile Court

  • Posted on: 1 November 2018
  • By: Juvenile Court ...

The judges and staff of Fulton County Juvenile Court welcome you to its revised and expanded website. Juvenile Court serves the residents of Fulton County by hearing all cases involving allegations of dependency of children under the age of 18, children in need of services (CHINS) under the age of 18, and delinquency and traffic violations concerning children under the age of 17. The court is organized by Title 15, Chapter 11 of the Official Code of Georgia. Fulton County Juvenile Court is the largest juvenile court in Georgia and amongst the largest in the Southeastern United States.

Fulton County Juvenile Court is located in the Judge Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center at 395 Pryor St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30312. The court is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Parking is available in the lot located in front of the Juvenile Justice Center. The lot is accessible from Pryor Street Southwest, Fulton Street Southwest and Formwalt Street Southwest. The Juvenile Justice Center can also be reached by public transportation via MARTA Bus Route 49.

The Judge Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center is a secure facility. All persons entering the building will be required to pass through a metal detector and have hand-carried objects scanned. Weapons of any kind, cameras and cell phones with cameras are not permitted into the building.

This website is designed to provide information to the general public about the purpose, programs and basic structure of the Juvenile Court. This website cannot provide specific case information due to the confidential nature of juvenile proceedings.

Juvenile Court's reception desk can be reached by phone at 404.612.4402. For a list offices and contacts, please visit the contacts page.