On Saturday, March 14, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton of the Georgia Supreme Court declared a statewide judicial emergency for the next 30 days. In order to help minimize exposure and contacts, the courts in Hall County and the Northeastern Judicial Circuit will scale back court-related operations through April 13. Citizens and visitors are encouraged to conduct business over the phone and make an appointment before visiting. Effective Monday, March 16:
Office of NEJC Superior Court Chief Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin
Office of NEJC Superior Court Judge C. Andrew Fuller
Office of NEJC Superior Court Judge Bonnie C. Oliver
Office of NEJC Superior Court Judge Jason J. Deal
Office of NEJC Superior Court Judge Clint G. Bearden
- Accountability courts will be held in an abbreviated fashion.
- Bond motions, pleas and revocations will be heard as needed.
- Ex parte motions for Temporary Protective Orders and follow-up hearings, as well as any other critical matters, will be held as determined by the judge on duty
- EMERGENCY MATTERS ONLY WILL BE HEARD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
- Emergency matter report as follows:
- MONDAY - Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin
- TUESDAY - Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin
- WEDNESDAY - Judge Bonnie Chesser Oliver
- THURSDAY - Judge Jason J. Deal
- FRIDAY - Judge Jason J. Deal
- All Dawson County Emergencies to Judge C. Bearden – Dawson Courthouse: 706.344.3513
Office of Hall County State Court Chief Judge B.E. Roberts, III
email@example.com – Kristi Ansbro, Judicial Assistant
firstname.lastname@example.org – Amy Holcomb, Staff Attorney
Office of Hall County State Court Judge Larry A. Baldwin, II
Office of Hall County State Court Judge John G. Breakfield
- Jail pleas and other criminal matters deemed essential will be heard
Office of Hall County Magistrate Court Chief Judge Margaret Gregory
- Closed to the public. If you have any questions, please call the Magistrate Court Office at 770.531.6912
- You may still file online through ncourt.com No in person filings will be accepted at this time. If you have any questions, please call the Magistrate Court Office at 770.531.6952
- Staff available to answer questions by phone, process online filings and assist with video conferencing and electronic warrants
- All civil proceedings, including dispossessory cases, have been suspended. If you have a pending case, you will be notified when the emergency order is lifted as to the re-scheduled date.
- All warrant applications and hearings have been suspended at this time. If you need to report a crime, please call the appropriate law enforcement agency. If you have a pending hearing, you will be notified when the Emergency Order is lifted to re-schedule. Please call the Magistrate Court Office at 770.531.6912
LAW LIBRARY will be closed until further notice
CLERK OF COURTS:
Office of Hall County Superior Court and State Court Clerk of Courts Charles Baker
- Clerk of Superior Court Deed Room: Contract Clerk’s Office to Schedule an Appointment
- Office is opened during regular courthouse hours
- Office of Hall County Probate Court Judge Patty W. Laine
General Questions: LMillwood@HallCounty.org
Estates Questions: SCarley@HallCounty.org
Guardianships/Marriage Questions: PElliott@HallCounty.org
- Weapons Questions: RHolladay@HallCounty.org
- Essential functions—marriage licenses, Orders to Apprehend, Involuntary Commitments, and any guardianship that affects safety—will continue.
- No Weapons Carry Licenses will be processed. Expiring licenses will be extended 30 days.
- Office of NEJC Juvenile Court Chief Judge Lindsay Burton
- 770.531.6929 – Juvenile Probation
- 770.531.6928 – Juvenile Administration
- Essential hearings will continue
- Non-essential hearings will be heard via conference call
- Citizen Review Panels are cancelled through April 13
- Traffic court hearings are canceled.
- Truancy reviews/cases are canceled.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
- Office of NEJC District Attorney Lee Darragh
HALL COUNTY LEGAL ADVOCATES - Information regarding Temporary Protective Orders (TPO)
- All Screening for Protection Orders Will Be Conducted By Telephone Only
NEJC FAMILY LAW INFORMATION CENTER (FLIC)
- The Family Law Information Center is temporarily closed for in person appointments. Please call.
NEJC INTERPRETIVE SERVICES
NEJC COURT ADMINISTRATION
NEJC INDIGENT DEFENSE
- The office will be closed to the public.
- If you need to apply for appointed counsel or need to ask questions, you can do so over the phone.
- If you need to make a payment, remember that we only accept money orders (keep your money order receipt).
Payments should be mailed to:
Attn: Brandy Drexler
P.O. Box 1435
Gainesville, GA 30503
HALL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CIVIL DIVISION
NEJC TREATMENT SERVICES
NEJC PRETRIAL RELEASE
HALL COUNTY PROBATION SERVICES
NEJC FELONY PROBATION
NEJC PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE
Extensive information regarding court operations can be found in Judge Gosselin’s Memorandum regarding the Statewide Declaration of Judicial Emergency here.
In addition, Judge Melton’s order declaring a statewide judicial emergency can be found here.