Notice To The Public Regarding Face Coverings and Temperature Screenings

  • Posted on: 13 August 2021
  • By: Juvenile Court ...

ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE ROMAE T. POWELL JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK OR FACIAL COVERING AT ALL TIMES.

In accordance with the Georgia Court Reopening Guide, the Guidelines for Expanded In-Person Proceedings require that everyone entering our court facilities wear a mask or face covering and will be subject to temperature screening using a no-touch thermometer.

Any person who has a confirmed body temperature over 100.4 will be denied entry to the Juvenile Court building and instructed to contact the judge’s chambers or office that they were required to report to so that the hearing or appointment can be rescheduled.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will provide a mask to entrants who do not have a face mask or facial covering.

Notice of Modified Judicial Hearing Schedule

  • Posted on: 2 August 2021
  • By: Juvenile Court ...

The Fulton County Juvenile Court is governed by the Amended Order Declaring Judicial Emergency, issued by Chief Judge Christopher S. Brasher, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, on August 2, 2021, in accordance with all requirements of the United States Constitution, Georgia Constitution, Georgia Juvenile Code and Georgia Uniform Juvenile Court Rules.

The Fulton County Juvenile Court Judges will continue to operate on a Modified Judicial Hearing Schedule to limit the physical presence of individuals in the court building and courtrooms. This schedule is consistent with the Order of Business with regard to the types of matters heard each week (delinquency and dependency) and the on-call judge schedule. The Modified Judicial Hearing Schedule Order shall be effective beginning July 1, 2021 and shall remain in effect until otherwise modified.

Virtual Dependency Hearings
At this time, all dependency hearings will continue to be conducted virtually via Zoom video conference pursuant to Uniform Juvenile Court Rule 12.2.

Mandatory In-Person Delinquency and CHINS Hearings
Delinquency Adjudication, CHINS Adjudication and DFA hearings shall be conducted in-person unless there is consent to virtual hearing by all parties. Pursuant to the modified Uniform Juvenile Court Rule 12.2 and Supreme Court Amendment to the Juvenile Court Rules regarding remote proceedings, waiver of the above hearings are permissible, with court approval, where the accused youth’s right to an in-person hearing is waived in writing and filed in the record with notice to all parties. The Court requires a courtesy copy of the waiver be provided to the assigned judicial case manager of the court.

Discretionary In-Person Hearings**
Delinquency Disposition hearings, Transfers to Superior Court/Bindover hearings, contested TPR hearings, contested Dependency Adjudication hearings and other complex matters as determined by the Court will be considered for in-person hearings and will be specially set at the discretion of the court.

Mandatory Masks and Social Distancing
All persons entering the court building and courtroom must have on a face mask or face covering before entering AND must maintain distance of six-feet at minimum from all persons who are not members of their current household. As the courtroom social distancing capacity is limited to 8 to 12 individuals (depending on the size and layout of the courtroom), priority will be given to attorneys, parties, and GAL/CASA subpoenaed witnesses may be allowed to remain outside the courtroom until needed.

Mandatory Electronic Filing
All pleadings must be filed electronically and served on all parties with a courtesy copy to the court. All exhibits must be marked and submitted electronically to all parties and the Court’s assigned judicial case manager at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled hearings.

Download Electronic Filing Guidelines for Initial Pleadings to the Intake Unit
Download Electronic Filing Guidelines for Subsequent Pleadings to the Clerk's Office

All Cases Specifically Time Set
In order to continue to limit the physical presence of individuals in the court building and courtrooms and to allow for those attending in-person hearings to adhere to social distancing requirements, all cases will continue to be set for a specific time. Parties must be on time to hearings to avoid delay and minimize any impact this causes on others.

Judges’ Hearing Schedule Effective July 1, 2021
Fulton County Juvenile Court Judges will continue to follow a Judge's Hearing Schedule effective July 1, 2021 until further notice. Each judge will have an additional day to use for necessary in-person hearings.

Juvenile Court Operations Update, June 2021

  • Posted on: 7 June 2021
  • By: Juvenile Court ...

The Fulton County Juvenile Court is governed by the Supreme Court of Georgia Fifteenth Order Extending the Declaration of the Statewide Judicial Emergency to June 30 2021, issued by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia on June 7, 2021, the Notice of Expected Termination of Statewide Judicial Emergency on June 30 2021 issued by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia on June 7, 2021, the Atlanta Judicial Circuit in an Executive Order declaring a Judicial Emergency in Fulton County, issued on March 13, 2020, in accordance with all requirements of the United States Constitution, Georgia Constitution, Georgia Juvenile Code and Georgia Uniform Juvenile Court Rules.

Pursuant to the Statewide Judicial Emergency Order, The Honorable Christopher S. Brasher, Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit has established Guidelines For Expanding In-Person Proceedings for the courts within the Atlanta Judicial Circuit mandating compliance with public health guidance. In accordance with the guidelines, all Juvenile Court personnel have been provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) in the form of face masks and will be required to wear face masks at all times while carrying out their public-facing duties and responsibilities. Regular and ongoing sanitization and cleaning will be performed by or under the direction of Fulton County Government.

ALL PERSONS entering the Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center, Fulton County Juvenile Court, will be REQUIRED to wear a face mask or facial covering and will be subject to regular security screening, temperature screening using a no-touch thermometer. Any person who has a confirmed body temperature over 100.4 will be denied entry to the Juvenile Court building and instructed to contact the judge’s chambers or office that they were required to report to so that the hearing or appointment can be rescheduled.

Electronic Access to Hearings
The Fulton County Juvenile Court has set up a Viewing Room for parties to access virtual hearings. If a child, parent, legal guardian or caregiver does not have adequate equipment, a smart phone or other device to access a virtual hearing, the Clerk's Office will provide a device for the party to utilize while physically present at Juvenile Court. Please contact (404) 613-4663 or (404) 612-4402 for assistance.

Essential Hearings
The Fulton County Juvenile Court will conduct essential hearings, including Preliminary Protective Hearings (PPH) and Detention Hearings for detained youth and children/youth who have been removed from the custody of their parents/legal guardians. Detention Hearings will be calendared on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays pursuant to the 2021 Order of Business and PPH's will be calendared at 2:00 pm on Mondays and 9:00 am on Thursdays; these hearings will be conducted via video conference in accordance with Rule 12.2 of the Uniform Rules of Juvenile Court and the Temporary Order Clarifying/Amending Juvenile Court Video Conferencing Rules as issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia on March 31, 2020. This hearing schedule will continue until the Judicial Emergency Order ends or upon further order of the Court.

Judges will preside over the Detention Hearings and PPH's on a rotating schedule and may physically be in the court for such hearings. All other parties are expected to participate in Detention and PPH hearings via video-conference or teleconference.

Essential hearings (other than Detention or PPH) are any matter that would affect the actual liberty interest of the party or must be heard to prevent actual harm to any individual and shall be scheduled in accordance with the existing provisions of the Georgia Juvenile Code and in accordance with the Order of Business, and shall be conducted while following the additional requirements of each individual appearing in person doing so with a mask or facial covering, use hand sanitizer upon entering and upon leaving the courtroom, in compliance with the public health guidelines followed by this court.

Non-Essential Hearings
Non-essential hearings shall be conducted by video or teleconferencing. Parties shall receive notice of the access required for video or teleconference hearing by contacting the Clerk of Court for each matter calendared. Attorneys may contact the chambers of the judge assigned to their case with questions.

Adherence to Social Distancing requirements is essential to maintaining the safety of those around you, as it is recommended that all persons stay at least six feet apart from others who do not reside in the same household. The use of elevators, restrooms, waiting areas, court rooms and other court house space will have a limited capacity in order to minimize the person to person contact that may be had while within the Juvenile Court building.

Vulnerable Persons
Vulnerable Persons who are not able to appear for a scheduled hearing will be accommodated by being given the opportunity to access the hearing via video conferencing. Vulnerable persons are defined in accord with public health guidelines and the judicial emergency as an individual over age 65 and individuals with serious underlying health conditions, such as high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer or other conditions. Vulnerable Persons should contact (404) 612-4402 or (404) 612-4419 for assistance and/or additional information.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office shall direct DFCS Case Managers, attorneys, parties, and any individuals who appear at the court in person seeking public access to essential hearings or non-essential hearings may gain access to the hearing, by contacting the The Clerk's Office at (404) 613-4663 and following the directives as provided.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office will direct private citizens who appear at the court in person for other legal business to the Receptionist's Desk in the lobby of the Fulton County Juvenile Court or to contact (404) 612-4402, prior to entering any other department of the court.

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.

Notice Regarding Electronic Filing: Private Attorneys, Court Appointed Attorneys and Pro-Se Litigants may file pleadings and other legal documents electronically via the Clerk's Office email address: fcjc.clerk@fultoncountyga.gov. ** Please contact 404-613-4663 or (404) 612-4419 for additional information on submitting documents or pleadings electronically, prior to visiting the courthouse in person**

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.

Court Hours & Holidays

Fulton County Juvenile Court is open for business on the following days:

Mondays: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesdays: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.