Forsyth Courts' Coronavirus Updates


May 28

Bell-Forsyth Administrative Order 20-7
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER REGARDING WEARING OF FACE MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IN THE FORSYTH COUNTY COURTHOUSE


May 21

Bell-Forsyth FORSYTH COUNTY STATE COURT RESUMING IN-PERSON HEARINGS

Pursuant to the Chief Justice’s Order Declaring a Statewide Judicial Emergency dated March 14, 2020, all non-essential Forsyth County State Court cases were continued. These cases included Traffic and Misdemeanor offenses. On May 11, 2020, the Chief Justice entered a Second Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency which provides for some in-person judicial proceedings, but only if they are conducted in compliance with public health guidelines and with all applicable law and court rules. The Order also encourages the courts to continue to the use and increase the use of technology to conduct remote judicial proceedings. During the judicial emergency, the State Court of Forsyth County has been successful in conducting many types of hearings using videoconferencing technology such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom. The State Court Judges will continue using this technology to reduce the number of people who will be required to physically come to the courthouse to resolve their case.

As the court begins to look at resuming in-person hearings, we are developing guidelines consistent with the Chief Justice’s Order that are designed to protect the health and safety of all those coming to the courthouse and that will allow the courts to begin working on its backlog of cases caused the pandemic. These guidelines will be published soon and will be available here and the Forsyth County Clerk’s web site at www.forsythclerk.com.

The first group of cases that will be heard as “in-person” hearings will begin on June 1st and will consist of reduced calendars (usually no more than 40 people per day per courtroom) of arraignments for serious misdemeanor offenses which require the person to attend court and traffic arraignments which may not require the person to attend court. If you have received a notice for a court appearance during these first two weeks of June, you may receive a new court date notice rescheduling your appearance for a specific date and time that is different from the notice you received when you were charged. If you have been charged with traffic citation, your citation may be payable. Even if your ticket was one that originally required you to appear in court, it may have been made “payable” by the prosecutor. To check the status of your citation or to pay your citation, please visit the Forsyth County Clerk’s website. If your ticket is not payable, contact the Solicitor General at 770-781-2145.


May 15

Bell-Forsyth Fifth Amended Order Extending Judicial Emergency
IN RE: JUDICIAL EMERGENCY ACT OF 2004 O.C.G.A. § 38-3-60: COURTHOUSE CLOSURE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

Bell-Forsyth Judge Bagley's (Division 1) Civil & Criminal Cases Protocol
COVID-19 PROTOCOL FOR CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES SCHEDULED IN DIVISION 1 SUPERIOR COURT OF FORSYTH COUNTY FOR THE TIME PERIOD FROM 5/14/20 THROUGH 6/12/20

Bell-Forsyth Juvenile Court Standing Order
SECOND STANDING ORDER REGARDING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES PURSUANT TO SUPREME COURT OF GEORGIA ORDERED STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY


May 11

Bell-Forsyth UPDATED 5/15/20: Judge Bagley's (Division 1) Civil & Criminal Cases Protocol
COVID-19 PROTOCOL FOR CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES SCHEDULED IN DIVISION 1 SUPERIOR COURT OF FORSYTH COUNTY FOR THE TIME PERIOD FROM 5/14/20 THROUGH 6/12/20

GA Supreme Court Chief Justice Extends Statewide Judicial Emergency
SECOND ORDER EXTENDING DECLARATION OF STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY


April 24

Bell-Forsyth Fourth Amended Order Extending Judicial Emergency
IN RE: JUDICIAL EMERGENCY ACT OF 2004 O.C.G.A. § 38-3-60: COURTHOUSE CLOSURE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC


April 22

Bell-Forsyth  UPDATED: Judge Dickinson's (Division 2) Civil Hearing Procedures

New E-Filing Instructions for Judge Dickinson, Superior Court Division 2: To better serve you, all proposed orders are required to be eserved to SuperiorDivision2@forsythco.com. In addition, all Modified Request for Civil Non-Jury Hearing forms are required to be eserved to the Court's Judicial Assistant, Ms. Ashley Anderson, at AAAnderson@forsythco.com.

Calendar Change  Superior Court: Judge Dickinson
Judge Dickinson's following calendars are hereby CONTINUED or CANCELLED. No further information is currently available regarding court dates for re-scheduled cases. Parties will be notified when a new court date is scheduled.

  • April 13, 2020 - Child Support Recovery Unit; Adoptions; Uncontested; Non-Domestic (Continued)
  • April 14, 2020 - Civil Domestic (Continued)
  • April 15, 2020 - Criminal Priority Calendar Call (Cancelled)
  • April 20, 2020 - May 1, 2020: Criminal Jury Trials (Continued)
  • May 1, 2020 – Bench Trial Calendar Call (Cancelled)
  • May 12, 2020 – Civil Domestic (Continued)


April 15

Bell-Forsyth Academic Common Market Applications


April 14

Bell-Forsyth Access To Justice In Response To Covid-19


April 10

Bell-Forsyth  Judge Dickinson's (Division 2) Civil Hearing Procedures

To better serve you, all proposed orders and rule nisi are required to be eserved to SuperiorDivision2@forsythco.com.

Calendar Change  Superior Court: Judge Dickinson
Judge Dickinson’s following Civil Calendars are hereby cancelled and will receive a reset notice at a later date.

  • April 14, 2020 - Civil Domestic
  • May 1, 2020 – Bench Trial Calendar Call
  • May 12, 2020 – Civil Domestic


April 9

Bell-Forsyth Statement from Juvenile Court Regarding Judicial Emergency

Calendar Change Superior Court: Judge Dickinson
Judge Dickinson’s Civil Bench Trial Calendar Call for May 1, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. has been cancelled.

Calendar Change State Court: Judges McClelland & Abernathy-Maddox
All non-essential criminal hearings which do not involve a person in custody as hereby cancelled, unless otherwise specifically ordered by the judge presiding over the case, through and including May 13, 2020, the date on which the current applicable judicial emergency order expires. You will receive a reset notice at a later date.


April 7

Bell-Forsyth Third Amended Order Extending Limited Judicial Emergency
IN RE: JUDICIAL EMERGENCY ACT OF 2004 O.C.G.A. § 38-3-60: COURTHOUSE CLOSURE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC


April 6

Bell-Forsyth Juvenile Court Operating Order
EXTENSION OF ORDER REGARDING SUPREME COURT OF GEORGIA ORDERED STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY

Bell-Forsyth Juvenile Court Operating Order
EXTENSION OF INTERIM ORDER REGARDING COURT-ORDERED PARENTING TIME / VISITATION IN ALL DEPENDENCY CASES

GA Supreme Court Chief Justice Extends Statewide Judicial Emergency
ORDER EXTENDING DECLARATION OF STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY


April 3

Calendar Change State Court: Traffic Arraignments and Criminal Arraignments will be postponed
The Forsyth County State Court has postponed Criminal Arraignments scheduled for April 14, 2020 and Traffic Arraignments scheduled for April 16, 2020. Court notices will be mailed to individual listing their new court date.

  • Criminal Arraignments on April 14 will be rescheduled to June 8
  • Traffic Arraignments on April 16 will be rescheduled for either June 4 and June 12
It is your responsibility to notify the Clerk of Court of any change in your address since your arrest date or citation date. If you do not receive a notice telling you which day to appear in court, please contact the Forsyth County Clerk of Courts at 770-205-4606.


March 31

GA Supreme Court Order temporarily clarifying/amending Juvenile Court video conference rules
IN RE: JUVENILE COURT RULES


March 27

GA Supreme Court Order Regarding Real Estate Transactions by Video Conference
IN RE: GEORGIA RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND LAWYER PARTICIPATION IN CLOSINGS OF REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

GA Supreme Court Order Temporarily Clarifying/Waiving Superior Court Rules Related to Video
IN RE: SUPERIOR COURT RULES


March 26

Bell-Forsyth State Court Administrative Order 20-06
IN RE: CHANGES TO STATE COURT CALENDAR AFFECTED BY DECLARATION OF STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY BY SUPREME COURT OF GEORGIA ON MARCH 14, 2020


March 24

Bell-Forsyth Second Amended Order Declaring Judicial Emergency
IN RE: JUDICIAL EMERGENCY ACT OF 2004 O.C.G.A. § 38-3-60: COURTHOUSE CLOSURE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC


March 20

Bell-Forsyth State Court Administrative Order 20-05
IN RE: CHANGES TO STATE COURT BOND SCHEDULE AFFECTED BY DECLARATION OF STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY ON MARCH 14, 2020


March 16

Bell-Forsyth Amended Order Declaring Judicial Emergency
IN RE: JUDICIAL EMERGENCY ACT OF 2004 O.C.G.A. § 38-3-60: COURTHOUSE CLOSURE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

Bell-Forsyth State Court Administrative Order 20-04
IN RE: CHANGES TO STATE COURT CALENDAR AFFECTED BY DECLARATION OF STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY BY SUPREME COURT OF GEORGIA ON MARCH 14, 2020

Bell-Forsyth Juvenile Court Operating Order
REGARDING SUPREME COURT OF GEORGIA ORDERED STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY

Bell-Forsyth Juvenile Court Operating Order
INTERIM ORDER REGARDING COURT-ORDERED PARENTING TIME / VISITATION IN ALL DEPENDENCY CASES


March 14

GA Supreme Court Chief Justice Announces Statewide Judicial Emergency
AMENDED ORDER DECLARING STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY


March 13

Bell-Forsyth Order Declaring Limited Judicial Emergency
IN RE: JUDICIAL EMERGENCY ACT OF 2004 O.C.G.A. § 38-3-60: LIMITATION OF JUDICIAL FUNCTIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC