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Dec 27

Magistrate Court Awarded Grant from National Center for State Courts

Posted on December 27, 2017 at 10:31 AM by Amanda Felber

Fulton County Chief Magistrate and Court Administrator, The Honorable Cassandra Kirk (Atlanta Judicial Circuit), proudly announced a grant that has been awarded to the County’s Magistrate Court which will aid in a new pilot project aimed at improving the efficiency of its high volume civil case load.

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC), on February 15, 2017, notified Kirk that its Civil Justice Initiative Implementation Steering Committee approved a grant to the Fulton Magistrate Court supporting a demonstration pilot project to implement the recommendations of the Civil Justice Improvements Committee." The project, High Volume Court Simplified, will be directed by Judge Kirk and is designed to build a more user friendly pro se litigant court, using local legal and community resources and media support. The overall strategy of the pilot will be to restore public trust and confidence in a fast-paced legal process which requires litigants to address and resolve civil issues in a timely manner. The budding initiative is supported fully by Cathelene "Tina" Robinson, Superior and Magistrate Court Clerk and her staff.

Kirk states, "I am extremely honored that the NCSC and the Civil Justice Initiative Implementation steering committee saw our vision and agreed to support Magistrate Court’s new pilot project. Our civil case load continues to grow and it is extremely important that our methods of rendering efficient and effective services evolve as well; High Volume Court Simplified is our first step in doing so. I am also thankful for the support of Clerk Robinson. From the project’s inception, she has been engaged and I value her greatly, because without the staff, we wouldn’t be able to move this project forward. In addition, I am honored by the support of the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, AVLF (Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation), The Chief Magistrate of Chatham County, the Landlord Tenant Mediation Project, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Answer Clinic and Tyler Technologies."

The grant, effective March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018, will be accompanied by additional technical support for the project. Last year, Magistrate Court saw approximately 73,000 civil pro se litigant filings.