Fulton County Continues Essential Services with Modifications During COVID-19 Response

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Fulton County Continues Essential Services with Modifications During COVID-19 Response

March 16, 2020
Fulton County Continues Essential Services with Modifications During COVID-19 Response

Fulton County has been working closely with the Board of Health, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the CDC, our school systems and cities in responding to COVID-19.

In the midst of our COVID-response, essential Fulton County services will continue, with some modifications taking effect immediately.   For the latest updates, residents are encouraged to monitor updates on the Fulton County website and social media channels, and on Fulton County Government Television.

A full list of service modifications is provided below.

PUBLIC MEETINGS – All public meetings, events and outreach activities are canceled or postponed at this time. The Board of Commissioners’ regular and recess meetings will continue as scheduled. Proclamation presentations will be canceled.

SENIOR CENTERS – All Fulton County senior centers will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16. Meal delivery is being arranged for existing senior center clients.

LIBRARIES – All Fulton County Libraries will be closed to the public starting Saturday, March 14, 2020 until further notice.

ARTS CENTERS – All Fulton County Arts Centers & Wolf Creek Amphitheater will be closed to the public starting Saturday, March 14, 2020 until further notice. All Wolf Creek Amphitheater programming is suspended until further notice.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES – Training centers for Developmental Disabilities will be closed and Group therapy will be suspended.   

TAX COMMISSIONER OFFICES – Greenbriar Mall and North Fulton Service Center offices will be closed. All other offices will be open with limited staff. Other staff will tele-work where possible.  Residents are encouraged to handle transactions online where possible. Vehicle tags may also be renewed at select Kroger stores.

EARLY VOTING - At the direction of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, the March 24 Presidential Preference Primary & Special Election has been rescheduled for May 19, 2020. Early voting at all Fulton County early voting sites will be suspended immediately. No further early voting will take place in Fulton County starting Sunday, March 15. Votes that were cast during the early voting period and absentee ballots will be counted at the time of the May 19 election in accordance with Secretary of State guidelines. Additional details updates will be provided when available.

PURCHASING & CONTRACT COMPLIANCE -  The department will reschedule all Pre-Proposal / Pre-Bid Conferences and Facility/Site visits until a later date and has issued an addendum to extend due dates for all Open Projects (projects currently advertised on the Bid Board) until April 15, 2020.  If the situation changes, any updates will be issued via an Addendum.  If you have specific questions regarding a project, please email the Purchasing Representative identified in the Addendum.

ANIMAL SERVICES - The Fulton County Animal Control Facility is closed to the public until further notice.  



SUPERIOR COURT- The Atlanta Judicial Circuit has issued an order declaring a judicial emergency in Fulton County. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, no jurors or grand jurors should report, and no jury trials will be held for thirty (30) days. Also, non-essential hearings will not take place during these 30 days, unless they can be conducted by video or teleconferencing. Parties or attorneys in any non-essential matters should contact the chambers of the judge assigned to their case if they have any questions and/or need help to ensure their compliance with the order.

STATE COURTAll traffic citation hearings have canceled until further notice. Residents who have upcoming traffic hearings should contact 404-613-5040 for further information. State Court services at the North Fulton Service Center and South Fulton Service Center are closed. In addition, all DUI Court activities have been suspended until March 27.

PROBATE COURT SERVICES – In-person access to the Probate Court will be severely limited for the next 30 days. The Downtown Office will close to the public at 3 p.m. each day. The North Service Center Office and the South Service Center Office will be closed until further notice. There will be significant delays in processing Probate Court filings and some Probate Court services will be suspended. Fingerprinting for weapons carry licenses has been suspended indefinitely by the following Police Departments: Fulton County, South Fulton, Alpharetta, and Sandy Springs. Group wedding ceremonies conducted by the Judge of the Probate Court have been suspended indefinitely.

MAGISTRATE COURT- – Magistrate Court will continue to provide search and arrest warrant services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year via electronic warrant interface and to conduct first appearance hearings Monday through Saturday at 9:00 am for misdemeanors and 11:00 am for felony cases. View the Order of Judicial Emergency for Magistrate Court.

CLERK OF SUPERIOR AND MAGISTRATE COURTS- All Board of Equalization hearings are suspended for two weeks starting March 16. The offices at the North and South Service Centers are closed. 

JUVENILE COURT - Effective March 13, 2020, no jurors or grand jurors should report, and no jury trials will be held for thirty (30) days. No non-essential hearings will take place during these 30 days unless they can be conducted by video or teleconferencing. Juvenile Court will conduct essential hearings including Preliminary Protective Hearings and Detention Hearings for detained youth. Only preliminary protective hearings (for youth in DFCS custody) and detention hearings, will be calendared on Mondays and Thursdays only and will be conducted at the Fulton County Juvenile Court, pending implementation of such hearings being conducted via video or tele-conferencing. All parties for other hearing types that are scheduled for dependency, delinquency or CHINS matters, during this period of judicial emergency, are not to report to the court but should contact their attorneys or the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) if appropriate for further information. 

SHERIFF – All visitation is suspended until further notice at the Fulton County Jail, Alpharetta Annex, Marietta [Street] Annex, and South Fulton Annex (in Union City). The only exception to this directive will be for attorney visits, judges, clergy, medical/mental health providers and other law enforcement agencies. Other special protocols are also in place for the screening of inmates.

POLICE DEPARTMENT - Fingerprints for concealed carry permits have been suspended.

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