According to an administrative order issued Jan. 11, all in person proceedings and jury trials scheduled to take place in the DeKalb County Courthouse have been delayed until the beginning of April. Freezing temperatures in December caused a water pipe to burst in the building which caused extensive damage to some areas of the building.
All proceedings other than grand jury proceedings in Probate Court will be conducted remotely and online until repairs are completed. The Probate Court courtroom, located on the first floor of the courthouse, will continue to be open to the public.
A release from Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson states in part that “authorization to enter the judicial tower will only be granted in limited circumstances” and “all persons who enter the judicial tower shall be escorted by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office…and shall not be left unattended.”
DeKalb County Superior Court, DeKalb County Magistrate Court and DeKalb County Probate Court will offer most services online; public access kiosks are located in room G50 of the courthouse’s notary department and can be used by the public for electronic filing of documents and requests.
Those needing court services or who have previously scheduled trials are asked to contact the specific court office or judge’s chambers for more specific information.