Task force issues recommendation for improvments of Fulton’s “bloated, backlogged and inhospitable” courts

Fulton County’s court system is bloated, backlogged and inhospitable to visitors, concluded a task force that reviewed how the state’s busiest court operates. On Friday the Fulton County Court Improvement Task Force issued its final recommendations for improving how the court serves the public.

A high-functioning Fulton County court would eliminate the backlog of criminal and civil court cases and ease pressure on the Fulton County jail, which is being monitored by a federal judge for its safety and crowding problems, the panel’s report concludes.

The report does not outline all of the costs — or savings — related to the changes. But it operates on the premise that a more efficient court, that merges some jobs and functions, will save money both in operating the court and eliminating the expense of building more jail beds.

Here are some of the recommendations from panel’s report:

Source: The Fulton County Court Improvement Task Force

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