NEW JUVENILE COURT JUDGES APPOINTED
The Superior Court of Fulton County is proud to announce the appointment of two new presiding jurists to the Juvenile Court Bench which include Associate Judge Juliette W. Scales and Willie J. Lovett, Jr. Selected by the Superior Court Bench of Fulton County, the new Judges will join the Juvenile Court to hear cases involving allegations of deprivation (abuse and neglect), unruly conduct, delinquency, parental rights and traffic violations for juveniles. While the Juvenile Court previously held only two presiding positions, the Superior Court has recently established a third position to serve families and children in Fulton County. Read the full announcement.
ATLANTA (April 17, 2013) – The Superior Court of Fulton County has launched a new online system to schedule and track the use of Interpreters. The fully integrated online reservation system will be available for court staff and attorneys operating in the Superior Court and is expected to "Go Live" on Monday, May 20, 2013. View the full press release.
This document serves as the plan for the Superior Court to provide services to limited English proficiency (LEP) individuals in compliance with Federal law. The purpose of this plan is to provide a framework for the provision of timely and reasonable language assistance to LEP persons who come in contact with the Court.
This plan was developed to ensure equal access to court services for persons with limited English proficiency and hearing impaired persons. Although deaf and hard of hearing individuals are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rather than Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, they have been included in this plan insofar as they relate to the Fulton County Court Interpreter Program.
 Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; 45 C.F.R. § 80 et seq; and 28 C.F.R. § 42 et seq.
With the largest court system in Georgia, Fulton County must meet court user needs in an accessible, efficient, and fair manner. But, like trial courts throughout the state and the nation, the Fulton County courts struggle to deliver optimal services under tightening budgets. A December 2005 U.S. District Court order settling an inmate class action lawsuit and delineating explicit improvements to overcrowded conditions at the county jail also places constant pressure on the courts.
Realizing the need for modernization and more cost-effective processes and systems, Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Cynthia D. Wright and State Court Chief Judge Patsy Y. Porter agreed that the courts could use help in charting a path for the future. In November 2011, the judges gathered a group of knowledgeable, trusted stakeholders to form the Fulton County Court Improvement Task Force. The Task Force’s primary goal was to anticipate demands on the judicial system and recommend how best to prepare for those demands with respect to court organization, jurisdiction, and operations. Presented below are the Task Force’s Final Report and Recommendations, a list of Task Force members, and links to the appendices of the report.
View the Final Taskforce Report.