Chief Judge Reuben Green continues to lead Cobb Courts in response to COVID-19, ensuring access to justice while maintaining the safety of the community.

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Court services in Cobb County will continue to be restricted under new state and local orders aimed at limiting the spread of the new coronavirus.

Cobb Superior Court Chief Judge Reuben Green issued a new order and memorandum Tuesday afternoon, declaring a judicial emergency in Cobb County until further notice.

Green’s order will require some non-essential court hearings to be rescheduled until after the judicial emergency. It follows the latest state order from Chief Justice Harold Melton, which imposes a judicial emergency across Georgia until June 12.

You can download the full order here and read the entire article, as published in the Mariette Daily Journal here.




Veterans Treatment Court Graduation in Cobb County

As a Marine, it means so much to me to preside each week over Veterans Court. To see my fellow veterans rediscover a sense of pride and purpose is my favorite part of being a Superior Court Judge. Graduation day always brings laughter and tears. If you are a veteran and want to get involved, please go to cobbveteranscourt.org.




Cobb County Court Cases Can Expect Delays

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DEAR EDITOR:

The people of Cobb County can rest assured that during this coronavirus / COVID-19 crisis, the Superior Court and the other courts of Cobb County will continue to maintain a judicial system that is responsive and appropriate to ensure the preservation of justice. Through unprecedented cooperation with the State, Probate, Juvenile and Magistrate courts, as well as the assistance of the district attorney and the sheriff’s office, we have implemented systems that will keep the courts open for emergency hearings and urgent criminal matters.

Thomas Jefferson described the court system as “the only anchor ever yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” Your courts will continue to ensure that the anchor of government holds fast and that the judicial system fulfills its duty in these challenging times.

Two courtrooms will remain open in Superior Court every day, staffed by a judge, prosecutor, clerk, court reporter, deputy and any other essential court personnel. We are taking extra precautions and have implemented extraordinary procedures to maintain social distancing within the courthouse and the courtrooms to protect the public and the court personnel who are assisting in keeping the courts open.

The cooperation and assistance provided to me as Chief Judge of the Superior Court by my colleagues and friends has been amazing. Chief State Court Judge Carl Bowers, Chief Probate Court Judge Kelli Wolk, Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Amber Patterson and Chief Magistrate Judge Brendan Murphy and their staffs have all contributed, at great sacrifice, to the continuing preservation of justice in this county. Likewise, Sheriff Neil Warren and District Attorney Joyette Holmes and their teams of dedicated public servants have been instrumental in ensuring the continuation of our justice system.

Not since my time in the United States Marine Corps have I seen such levels of self-sacrifice, dedication to duty and commitment to the principles of the constitution. I thank all of the employees in the Judicial Complex for their attitudes and their responsiveness to the call of duty.

The people of Cobb County can be proud of our system of government and the people who work in it.

Chief Superior Court Judge Reuben Green Cobb Judicial Circuit

SOURCE: MARIETTA DAILY JOURNAL




New Ways to Hold Court While Keeping Veteran Participants Safe

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Judges across Georgia’s 159 counties are finding their own ways to carry on under the unprecedented statewide judicial emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Cobb County Superior Court, Chief Judge M. Reuben Green has instituted a judge of the day program to hear urgent matters. With jury trials suspended and all nonessential business put on hold, each day a different “duty judge” is holding forth in what is called the ceremonial courtroom, the largest one, on the second floor of the Haynes Street courthouse.

Setting bond, releasing prisoners on time served, issuing domestic violence temporary restraining orders and mental health commitments. All those now fall under the purview of the duty judge. If the judge of the day is not in the big courtroom, a schedule and phone numbers are posted there, on the front door and on the monitors by the elevators on each floor, as set forth in Green’s order. Plus the information is available on the court website.

“It’s working,” said Marietta criminal defense attorney H. Maddox Kilgore of Kilgore & Rodriguez. He said he and his partner, Carlos Rodriguez, have been successfully filing emergency motions to set bond, have clients released on time served or otherwise “get people out of jail if appropriate.”

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Cobb County Courts Open for Emergency Hearings and Urgent Criminal Matters

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MARIETTA — As he makes his way to the front of the courtroom, not a crease in his brand-new suit, the military veteran has the attention of some of Georgia’s top elected officials.
Recalling the handcuffs and prison bars that signaled both his rock bottom and his salvation, the veteran, although nervous, basks in the pride from the room.

His grandmother looks on, a tear falling as she captures the moment on her cellphone, broadcasting live to Facebook this special moment.

Welcome to veterans court.

“If you’re not tearing up or laughing hysterically before this is done, we need to check your heart on the way out,” said Cobb County Superior Court Chief Judge Reuben Green, who presides over the Cobb veterans court, during a February graduation. “We are restoring lives.”

The Cobb County Veterans Accountability and Treatment Court, in place since June 2014, is considered a pioneering model in criminal justice reform that other states, and the nation as a whole, are looking to learn from.

Just ask Gov. Brian Kemp. He was at the latest graduation ceremony for Cobb veterans court participants, where he said “the state of Georgia is the state that believes in second chances and this ceremony is a great example of that fundamental truth.”

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The Cobb veterans court, one of several accountability courts in the county, offers an alternative to the criminal justice system for eligible veterans with substance dependency and/or mental illness who are charged with criminal offenses. If they volunteer for the program and are accepted, veterans can avoid jail time by going through at least 18 months of treatment with assigned mentors, who are also military veterans, as well as sponsors who offer additional support. Participants must stay sober and complete all program steps, including regular drug screening and counseling, in order to graduate and, in many cases, have their charges dropped.

“This unique program offers our men and women in uniform who struggle with addiction, PTSD and a host of other issues the important opportunity to regain control and become productive members of society,” Kemp said at the Feb. 14 graduation ceremony in Cobb Superior Court. “We certainly owe all our servicemen and women every ounce of support that we can give them while they serve overseas, but also when they return back home.”

This is despite budget cuts recently requested by the governor, affecting accountability courts, to help offset sluggish tax revenues.

The $27.3 billion fiscal 2020 mid-year budget, including around $1.3 million less for Georgia’s accountability courts, was approved Wednesday by the Georgia House of Representatives.

LEADING THE WAY

Air Force veteran and U.S. Congressman Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, said when criminal justice reform was on the agenda in Washington in recent years, he couldn’t help but cast his mind home, to Georgia.

“As we were sitting there thinking, I was like ‘Well we did it in Georgia a long time ago,’ we kind of paved the way to be where we are today, that the nation is actually looking at Georgia as a model to how we can do criminal justice reform and I’m really excited about it,” said Loudermilk, a guest speaker at the veterans court graduation.

Loudermilk said he likes to see communities in which churches are big and courtrooms small, where strength is not based on the size of government buildings.

“The strength of America has always been judged by the strength of our community ... and I think that’s what resonates here today, is the community coming together,” the congressman said. “To help people not only get back into society but to make their lives stronger. I’m extremely proud.”

Loudermilk said as someone who has been shot at multiple times, run over, in a train wreck, and a victim of attempted assassination, he understands post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD.

“I started realizing how that incident, the bullets flying by your head and watching your friends go down in a pool of blood ... that movie replays every now and then,” Loudermilk said. “This whole thing is about stepping up, it’s about accountability, but it’s also about community ... it’s about love.”

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There were three Cobb veterans graduating on Valentine’s Day, with a combined active service of almost 29 years. They became the 37th, 38th and 39th graduates of the program since its inception.
After discharging from the military, each had experienced PTSD and/or addiction, contributing to their arrest.

In turn, they appeared before Judge Green, a Marine Corps veteran himself, and committed themselves to making a change.

READ THE FULL STORY FROM THE MARIETTA DAILY JOURNAL

How Cobb County Courts Are Coping With State of Georgia Emergency Orders

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The Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation, the Cobb County Public Safety Foundation and
Mending Heroes hosted a charity event on Nov. 14, 2019 in Marietta.

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The murder of a man at a Cobb County home made history when the case was solved using
digital location data obtained under warrant from Google — a first for the county.
Sources: Article from Marrietta Daily Journal & Video Newsclip from WSBTV

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The Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation, the Cobb County Public Safety Foundation and
Mending Heroes hosted a charity event on Nov. 14, 2019 in Marietta.




Marine Corps Vteran, Cobb County Judge Reuben Green on Veterans Court

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