Serving since 2015 as Fulton County’s Chief Magistrate, Cassandra Kirk has created a court that is accessible, technologically advanced and financially efficient. To achieve these milestones, Judge Cassandra Kirk examined the structure and business practices of the court and its utilization of resources, including examining the use and payment of part-time magistrates, interpreters, indigent defense, and other contracted services.
And, while the Court continues to improve, the list below highlights the recent progress, under the leadership and direction of Judge Cassandra Kirk.
- Updated the Court’s website to make it more user-friendly
- Selected full time and part time magistrates through a public process to aid in the transparency of the Court
- Strengthened the Treatment Diversion Court, resulting in connections to mental health services and reduced recidivism by participants
- Appointed Cathelene “Tina” Robinson (elected Clerk of Superior Court) to also serve as the Clerk of Magistrate Court to enhance the efficiency, operational practices and standard of excellence in the Magistrate Court Clerk’s office
- Provided mediation services at the North and South Annexes to help litigants better direct their desired outcomes
- Implemented mandatory civil e-filing, using a Guide and File system
- Supported the Answer Clinic resulting in 600 families being counselled on Landlord- Tenant matters
- Successfully eliminated the Court’s 30,000 small claims case backlog
In 2017, Fulton County Magistrate Court was one of four courts nationwide awarded a Grant through the National Center for State Courts to support a pilot project to simplify our high volume calendars. As a result, we are connecting the Court with the community.
On May 22, 2018, vote to Keep Judge Cassandra Kirk as the Chief Magistrate who will continue to lead Fulton County Magistrate Court on this path of progress.