Visiting Juvenile Court
Fulton County Juvenile Court is located in the Judge Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center at 395 Pryor St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30312. For a complete listing of hours and holidays, please see 'Court Hours & Holidays' page.
ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE ROMAE T. POWELL JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK OR FACIAL COVERING AT ALL TIMES.
Private citizens who appear at the court in person for legal business will need to report directly to the Receptionist's Desk in the lobby of the Fulton County Juvenile Court and dial (404) 612-4419 for assistance.
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 regular security screening, temperature screening using a no-touch thermometer. The mask or face covering shall provide coverage for the mouth and nose. 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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. ** 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. For a complete listing of prohibited items, please see the 'Building Security' page.
Dressing for Court
If you are appearing in court you should dress nicely and in a manner that shows respect for the court.
Here are some things you should NOT wear:
- Hats or other head coverings inside the courtroom(except those worn for religious or medical purposes)
- T-shirts depicting violence, sexual acts, profanity,or illegal drugs
- Tube or halter tops/plunging necklines/bare midriffs
- Ripped or torn jeans
- Miniskirts or shorts
- Baggy pants that fall below the waist
- Muscle shirts (usually worn as undergarments)
If you are not dressed properly, you may be asked to leave the court and return at a later date. This will delay your hearing and require you to appear in court more than once.
When Appearing in Court
- Be on time
- Throw away gum, food, and drinks before entering the courtroom
- Stand when the judge enters and leaves the courtroom
- Stand when you are speaking to the judge
- Speak clearly when you respond to the judge's questions
- Always address the judge as "Your Honor"
- Never interrupt the judge. If you are unsure of what you heard, wait until the judge or other person speaking has finished talking before asking a question
- Enter and leave the courtroom quietly so you do not disturb others
- Only approach the bench when instructed to do so
Respect at Court
The courtroom is a place of order and structure. You should at all times act in a respectful manner when in the presence of the judge, court staff, attorneys, court officers and other persons attending court. Once the court has made a ruling in your case, continue to be respectful as you exit the courtroom. Attempts to disrupt the court once the judge has made a ruling could result in your being held in contempt (which could include jail time and/or a fine).