The Court Administrator for Paulding County is responsible for managing the efficient and effective operations of the Courts.
In general terms, the Court Administrator's duties include organizing and administering non-judicial activities of the Court including budgeting, grant writing and administration, program supervision, training, and facilities management. The Court Administrator also assists in the development and implementation of innovative programs and procedures to improve court operations and serve as a liaison with local and state government agencies, other courts, the bar, as well as the news media and community.
Listed below are a few of the programs administered by the Office of Court Administration.
It is the role of the Court Administrator to schedule interpreters for the courts.
Pursuant to the inherent powers of the Court and the Georgia Constitution of 1983, and in order to secure the rights of non-English speaking persons, the Supreme Court has promulgated rules that establish a statewide plan for the use of interpreters by the Courts of Georgia.
The Superior Court Interpreters Program maintains a list of approved court interpreters that are Certified with the Georgia Commission on Interpreters.
Pre-Trial Release Program
The Pre-Trial Release program began operations in 2010 using grant funds through the Federal Government. The practical aspects of the Pre-Trial program cannot be overstated. Essentially, while awaiting their case to be heard in court, eligible, carefully screened defendants can be released into the Pre-Trial program. The ultimate success of the Pre-Trial Program depends on adequate staff trained in dealing with probation matters to ensure clients are effectively monitored while awaiting trial or case disposition.
In 2011, The Pre-Trial Release Program won the Program of the Year Award from the Georgia Council of Court Administrators.
Generally, when a defendant is unable to make bond by way of a bail bond company and meets the criteria of the program, they are then given the opportunity to be released under supervision.
Assessment to Determine Eligibility
Pre-Trial Services will conduct assessment interviews of potential clients to determine if they are suitable to be released from incarceration. This assessment is normally conducted at the county jail. If all requirements are met and appropriate authorities agree to release the client from incarceration, a bond order is prepared which cites the conditions of release. A judge will then review and determine whether or not to sign the bond order. The client reads and signs an agreement to the conditions of the bond, then is released from incarceration.
Supervision and Case Management
The client will be supervised to ensure their coherence with all of the conditions set in the bond.
Pre-Trial staff maintains files on all clients and all contacts are documented and maintained in an active file until the case is closed.
Electronic Monitoring (EM)
As a condition of the bond, some clients will be ordered to participate in the electronic monitoring program. EM is a method of monitoring the whereabouts of clients electronically using ankle bracelets. The bracelet will send an electronic signal if a client enters into a restricted area or violate curfew.
Permanent Process Server Program
A process server must have an order from the court each time he or she is to serve papers. Beginning in 2007, the Paulding County Superior Court judges elected to start a program enabling process servers to receive a standing order for a year instead of requiring a new order each time. To become a permanent process server in Paulding County a person must full out an application and have it endorsed by an attorney. After a criminal background check is done, he or she may be awarded permanent status and be allowed to serve any papers dealing with a Superior Court case for one year.