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Atlanta Government: Subject Guide: The Courts

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GA Courts

Research Tips!

For treatises and in-depth municipal law resources, such as

  • Antieau on Local Government Law
  • Georgia Court Rules Annotated
  • The law of municipal corporations

the student will have to visit the Georgia State Law Library.

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A municipal court is a court whose territorial authority is restricted to a city or community. It is responsible for administering the laws of that city or community. The Municipal Court of Atlanta strives to provide efficent and effective court services for all criminal and traffic offences within Atlanta.

"In 1913, the General Assembly created the Municipal Court of Atlanta. The 1973 and 1996 Charters of the City of Atlanta created the current Municipal Court of Atlanta. The Court is presided over by 10 Municipal Court Judges." (from: Municipal Court of Atlanta)

Court System of GA

Supreme Court
The ultimate judicial tribunal in the court system of the State of Georgia.

Superior Court
The Superior Courts of Georgia is a court of general jurisdiction handling both civil and criminal law actions. Superior Court Judges preside over cases involving misdemeanors, contract disputes, premises liability, and various other actions.

Municipal courts of Fulton County: 
A municipal court is a court whose jurisdiction is limited to a specific municipality, county, community, or city. These courts can preside over only those cases and offenses that have taken place within their sphere of influence. They cannot consider cases and offenses that have occurred outside their territory.

  Atlanta   East Point   Milton  Sandy Springs
  Alpharetta   Fairburn   Mountain Park  Union City
  Chattahoochee Hills   Hapeville   Palmetto  
  College Park   Johns Creek   Roswell  


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