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Access Cobb State Court and Cobb Magistrate Court records online at no cost

(Marietta, Ga. – Oct. 26) Cobb County State Court and Cobb County Magistrate Court are making it even easier to access court records online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This innovative technology called CourtConnect is beneficial to the public, as well as those involved in court cases.

“CourtConnect is designed to promote accessibility to public records and ease of navigation within the court system,” Angie Davis, Clerk of State Court, said. “We are excited to be able to offer attorneys, litigants and the public this free, online service.”

CourtConnect is the online public access portal to case information for courts using the Contexte Case Management System. The system allows users to search by party name or case number. It provides basic case information including case number, parties, assigned judge, case filings, offenses and dispositions, pending court dates and judgments.

In Cobb State Court, CourtConnect allows access to civil, traffic and misdemeanor cases by searching for a person’s name, business name or case type; searching for judgments against a person or business; or searching with a case number to view case information and activities.

In Cobb Magistrate Court, CourtConnect allows access to current court dates (subject to change), charges/violations, bond amount, type of suit/case filed, case history, information, filings and activity and judgement information. Many types of cases can be searched. Civil cases include information on small claims, dispossessory, garnishment, abandoned motor vehicles and personal property foreclosures. Criminal cases include information on arrest warrants, bad checks, application hearings, ordinances and parking tickets.

The CourtConnect site is certified by ACS Government Solutions to support Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. To access CourtConnect, visit cobbstatecourtclerk.com for State Court records or magistrate.cobbcountyga.gov for Magistrate Court records.

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Cobb Board of Elections temporarily relocates three precincts for Nov. 8 general election

(Marietta, Ga., Oct. 7, 2016) Cobb County Board of Elections staff is temporarily relocating three precincts due to the facilities being unable to serve as polling places. Affected voters in the Nov. 8 general election, and any subsequent elections through March, will be mailed a new Voter Precinct Card. The three precincts are:

    Elizabeth 03: Will move from Marietta Alliance Church to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: 2922 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
    Fair Oaks 05: Will move from Fair Oaks United Methodist Church to the Fair Oaks Recreation Center: 1465 Brandon Drive, Marietta
    Kennesaw 1A: Will move from Kennesaw United Methodist Church to Ben Robertson Community Center: 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw

The Board of Elections reminds all voters to check that their addresses are current before Oct. 11 and to check their polling place information before they go to the polls because changes may have occurred since the last time they voted. Voters can check online at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. For more election information, visit www.CobbElections.org.

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Swearing in ceremony for Amber N. Patterson, juvenile court judge

(Marietta, Ga. – Sept. 19, 2016) The swearing in ceremony for Amber N. Patterson, juvenile court judge will be Thursday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. in the ceremonial courtroom, 2nd floor, Superior Court building 70 Haynes Street. Cobb County Chief Superior Court Judge Schuster will administer the oath. A reception will be held immediately after the ceremony.

Patterson has spent the last five years as a guardian ad litem attorney for the Cobb County Juvenile Court cases where she has represented and counseled children in all manners of proceedings. She has also served as a guardian ad litem attorney for the Cobb County Family Dependency Court.

Prior, Patterson served as a SAAG 9 special assistant attorney general) associate in the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services; and as a child advocate attorney, guardian ad litem attorney and staff attorney for the chief judge in Fulton County Juvenile Court.

“Amber’s extensive experience in Cobb Juvenile Court and Family Dependency Court gives her a deep knowledge base and the practical experience necessary to hit the ground running from day on,” said Cobb Superior Court Chief Judge Stephen Schuster. “Her background, cominbined with her passion for children, will make her an exemplary juvenile court judge.”

Patterson has a Bachelor of Science degree from Valdosta State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Cobb Juvenile Court judges are appointed by the Cobb County Superior Court judges. Patterson was selected from 39 applicants. Judge Stedman began her term in September 2001 and retired Aug. 12, 2016.

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For additional information contact:
Amanda Marshall
Cobb County Superior Court
770-528-1884
Amanda.Marshall@cobbcounty.org

Cobb Commute wins GTA Technology Award

(Marietta, GA - August 8, 2016) Georgia Technology Authority staff has awarded Cobb Commute top honors in Georgia’s 2016 Technology Innovation Showcase.

The web-based application is a collaborative effort between Cobb DOT and the Information Services Department and offers real time traffic conditions for local commuters.

“Cobb Commute is a prime example of how digital media can be used to enable citizens to access information and services that make their lives easier," said Sharon Stanley, director, Cobb County Information Services.

"Expanded web and mobile access to key county services will enrich residents’ interaction with Cobb Government and support transparency,” she said.

A total of 18 projects from 12 state and local government agencies were nominated for the 2016 showcase. Each nominated project was evaluated according to how well it met the following criteria:

• Level of innovation in addressing a specific business problem
• Significance to improving business processes and operating efficiency
• Significance to financial savings or cost avoidance
• Significance to enhancing service delivery to external or internal customers

Launched in 2015, Cobb Commute is accessible online at cobbcommute.org. For more information on the Technology InnoInnovation Showcase and the award recipients, visit the GTA website.

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Major left-turn traffic change at section of Windy Hill Road corridor

(Marietta, GA - Aug. 10, 2016) After Aug. 22, motorists traveling along Windy Hill Road will no longer have access to the center turn lane, from U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway to Circle 75 Parkway, while the lane is permanently closed and converted into a raised median. Motorists will be able to make left-hand turns only at signalized intersections.

The lane-to-median conversion along the heavily-traveled, half-mile stretch of road is one of the $48 million traffic and safety improvement projects along the 1.43-mile stretch of Windy Hill Road, from U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway to Powers Ferry Road.  

“The center lane in that particular section of Windy Hill Road has been dangerous for years. It has been called the ‘suicide lane’ because drivers can enter the center lane from either direction, causing an accident,” said Jim Wilgus, director of the Cobb County Department of Transportation. “The raised medians eliminate the suicide lane and will create a safer environment for motorists.”

The biggest change for drivers, besides the closure of the center lane, is making controlled, but safe, left-hand turns only at signalized intersections. Left-hand turns, along this section of Windy Hill Road, will be accessible at Windy Hill Village Shopping Center, North Park Place and South Park Place.  

High Crash Data
Planning for the project began in 2011 after a 2010 Summary of Crash and Injury Data & Comparison to Statewide Rates Report showed crash rates on Windy Hill Road, from U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway to I-75, to be three times greater than statewide crash rates. Injury rates were double the statewide rates. The data showed crash and injury rates would remain well above the statewide rates unless corrective safety measures were taken, stating traffic in the high-density office, residential and commercial development area have increased steadily since the 1980s population boom, resulting in heavy congestion and a high volume of crashes caused by motorists attempting to cut across middle lanes to reach the I-75 on-ramp or to make left-hand turns into businesses.

Watch for Crews
The center lane will be closed to all traffic with construction cones and large vehicles preventing motorists from entering. Construction will take approximately nine months to complete and will require road crews to work in close proximity to moving traffic.
“We really appreciate the public’s patience along Windy Hill, and we have one more favor to ask,” said Wilgus. “Please drive safely and pay attention in heavy construction zones. Taking two to three more minutes of your time to go to the signalized light goes a long way in making sure all our crews and other motorists go home to their families at night. It’s dangerous out there, but this project will make the corridor much safer.”

The $48 million traffic and safety improvements are comprised of five multi-faceted projects that include widening roads, adding medians, widening intersections, constructing the Diverging Diamond Interchange and replacing sidewalks. Once complete, the projects will enhance motorist and pedestrian safety, increase traffic flow and decrease congestion. The majority of construction is expected to be completed in spring 2017.

For updates and more information about the upcoming Windy Hill Road Projects, visit www.cobbdot.org.

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For media inquiries:
Torie Anderson
Communications Coordinator
Cobb County Department of Transportation
Torie.Anderson@cobbcounty.org
770-528-1629