Family Law | Our Courts During COVID-19

Family Law | Our Courts During COVID-19

The wheels of justice continue to turn during the crisis. And, while encouraging social distancing to protect the well-being of our community, our Courts are also here to protect the safety and security of those in jeopardy. Here is how our courts are responding:

Spotlight on Fulton County – TPO’s and Emergency Matters

In Fulton County, Judge Alexandra Manning is conducting in person Ex Parte and Emergency Hearings daily between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm on the 8th floor, THE ONE STOP!, 136 Pryor Street, Southwest, Suite C-826, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, 404.613.4579. Send emergency motions via email to Videoconferencing may be available for certain matters and quarantined parties.

Mounting data, and indeed our own experience in Fulton County, suggests family and domestic violence and stalking, flourishes in the conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We all should continue efforts to combat violence. We know that in-person appearances are not always possible and moreover, that court orders are not a panacea for violence – we are evaluating innovative ways to continue our work. We will remain here to serve the community by impartially hearing both sides of alleged violence and stalking cases to reach a just result for all.

-Honorable Alexandra Manning, Fulton County Magistrate Court

Thank you to Judge Manning for reaching out to our section! And, many thanks to all the Georgia Judges who continue to keep the wheels of justice turning. The sacrifices you make are appreciated!

Section Members – Let us know what the courts are doing in your neck of the woods. We want to share!

be well and stay safe…

ivory t. brown, Chair

Family Law Section

State Bar of Georgia