For each defendant, Court Services recommends the least restrictive nonfinancial release conditions needed to protect the community and reasonably assure the defendantís return to Court. Based on evidence gathered during the pretrial investigation, Court Services recommends the least restrictive conditions warranted for each defendant given the need for public safety, and does not make financial release recommendations. When warranted, Court Services recommends to the Court a variety of restrictive conditions including, but not limited to, drug testing, drug treatment, mental health treatment, curfews, electronic monitoring, stay-aways from specified persons or places, regular and frequent face-to-face contact with a Pretrial Services case manager.
Pretrial Services Court Representation
Misdemeanor First Appearance Hearings are scheduled Monday through Friday in Courtroom 2C in the Fulton County Courthouse and every Saturday at the Fulton County Jail. The assigned Court Officer reviews the defendantís Bond Assessment and criminal background with the judicial officer along with the State Court Solicitorís attorney so that the judge is able to make an informed decision for bond.
The Felony First Appearance Hearings are held Monday through Saturday in the Fulton County Jail. The Court Officer is responsible for presenting the bond assessments that provide background information about the defendants. Using the Bond Assessment, the Court Officer provides the court with criminal history information, and makes recommendations for some defendants to be released from custody and placed under the supervision of Pretrial Services.
The Magistrate All Purpose Hearing is scheduled Monday through Friday in the Fulton County Courthouse. The assigned Court Officer prepares the Judgeís calendar and Pretrial Servicesí calendar prior to the beginning of the hearing, which is provided by the Conflict Defenders, Solicitors, and Case Managers. During court, the Pretrial Officer will review all the criminal histories for each case so that the Judge can make an informed decision on the bond.
The Felony All Purpose Hearing is comprised of several calendars: Preliminary Hearing Calendar, Supplemental Hearing Calendar, Catch-All Calendar, and the Inquiry Calendar. The Court Services Unit conducts status research for every case appearing on these calendars. The Court Services Division provides detailed information to the court, and makes release recommendations for those defendants who meet the release criteria at the All Purpose Hearings.
Traffic Court is held every Tuesday and Wednesday in Courtroom 1A in the Fulton County Courthouse. The assigned Pretrial Officer reviews the driversí history records with the Judge to assist in setting fine amounts and/or other court ordered requirements.
Environmental Court is held every third and fourth Tuesday in Courtroom 2M in the Fulton County Courthouse. The assigned Court Officer reviews the criminal history records with the Judge to assist in determining fine amounts and or other court ordered requirements.
The Treatment Diversion Court is held Wednesdays in Courtroom 2C in the Fulton County Courthouse. The assigned Court Officer monitors each hearing and provides the Court with an extensive criminal background summary for any defendant whose criminal history has been requested by the judicial officer in order to make an informed release decision.
This court is held every second and fourth Tuesday in Courtroom 1A at the Fulton County Courthouse along with Traffic Court. The assigned Pretrial Officer reviews each offenderís driving history records with the judge to assist in setting fines and/or other court ordered requirements.
This court is held every Monday and Thursday in Courtroom 2C and every Friday in Courtroom 1A at the Fulton County Courthouse. The assigned Pretrial Officer is required to attend each hearing and obtain criminal histories on any case requested by the Judge.