News & Announcements

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

Fri, 2020-09-18

Following a temporary outage, the Court’s telephone service has been restored. Thank you for your patience.

Thu, 2020-09-17

Due to an outage affecting the entire federal judiciary, the Court’s telephone service temporarily is unavailable. The outage is being addressed, and this website will be updated when phone service is restored. Thank you for your patience.

Tue, 2020-09-15

There is an issue with the Chrome browser that may cause a user to receive an error message such as, “Cannot redisplay ____.pdf, it has already been shown,” when attempting to view a document in CM/ECF through a hyperlink contained in a Notice of...

Tue, 2020-09-08

The electronic case filing system for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (CM/ECF) will be unavailable from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. this Saturday, September 12th, for required maintenance. During this...

Fri, 2020-09-04

The electronic case filing system for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (CM/ECF) will be unavailable from approximately 12:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. this Sunday, September 6th, for required maintenance. During this period...

Tue, 2020-09-01

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has entered a Seventh Amendment to General Order 20-01 that extends the suspension of jury trials through and including November 1, 2020, due to COVID-19 but allows for grand jurors to...

Tue, 2020-08-18

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to the following rules:

  • Appellate Rule:  25;
  • Bankruptcy Rules:  Restyled Rules Parts I and II;...
Mon, 2020-08-03

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has entered a sixth amendment to the Court’s General Order 20-01 that extends the suspension of jury trials through and including October 4, 2020, but allows for grand jurors to...

Mon, 2020-07-27

Following a temporary closure, the Sidney O. Smith Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Gainesville has re-opened. Entry to all federal courthouses in the Northern District of Georgia continues to be subject to the entry restrictions set...

Wed, 2020-07-15

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has entered General Order 20-09, which temporarily closes the Gainesville division courthouse until further notice. The Atlanta...

Fri, 2020-07-10

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has entered a fifth amendment to the Court’s General Order 20-01 that extends the suspension of jury trials through and including August 30, 2020, but allows for grand jury proceedings...

Wed, 2020-07-01

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has entered General Order 20-08, which requires all employees, visitors, and contractors entering the United States courthouses...

Wed, 2020-07-01

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has entered a fourth amendment to the Court’s General Order 20-01 that extends the suspension of jury trials through and including July 31, 2020, but allows for grand jury proceedings...

Mon, 2020-06-29

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has amended General Order 20-04 to extend its authorization of video and telephone conferencing in certain criminal proceedings...

Mon, 2020-06-29

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has approved revisions to Local Rule 83.1(A)-(E), which now are in effect. The revisions address attorney admission (both regular and pro hac vice) and withdrawal. The new...

Mon, 2020-06-08

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the computer terminals at the Clerk’s Office intake counters designated for use by members of the public to review dockets in cases filed in the Northern District of Georgia temporarily are unavailable. You may...

Tue, 2020-06-02

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has entered Administrative Order 20-04. Pursuant to this order, individuals who have been provisionally admitted to the State...

Tue, 2020-05-26

A third amendment to the Court’s General Order 20-01 has been entered that extends the suspension of jury trials through July 3, 2020, but allows for the summoning of jurors for trials scheduled in July and for the meeting of the Grand Jury in...

Wed, 2020-05-06

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has approved revisions to Local Rules 83.1(A) through (E), which govern attorney admission and withdrawal. A full copy of the public notice identifying the approved revisions...

Fri, 2020-05-01

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court has issued a second amendment to General Order 20-01 to extend its specified 30-day time periods through and including May 29, 2020. A copy of...

Mon, 2020-04-20

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has issued Administrative Order 20-03, which authorizes media and public access to video...

Tue, 2020-04-14

The evidentiary hearing scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in Sara Carter and Georgiacarry.org, Inc. v. Brian Kemp and Pinkie Toomer, Case No. 1:20-CV-1517-SCJ, will take place via telephone conference. Members of the...

Fri, 2020-04-10

Ordinarily, members of the bar of the Northern District of Georgia may apply for an attorney photo ID card (also known as the “blue card”) that allows them to bring certain equipment into the federal courthouses of the Northern District of...

Thu, 2020-04-09

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has issued General Order 20-07, which temporarily closes the public counters in the Rome and Gainesville divisions until further notice. A copy of the...

Wed, 2020-04-01

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has developed temporary procedures to provide an electronic means for attorneys to file sealed documents in both unsealed and sealed criminal matters. The...

Mon, 2020-03-30

Due to the exigent circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court has entered the following general orders that impact criminal matters:

General Order 20-04: ...

Mon, 2020-03-30

As the exigent circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic have worsened, the Court has amended General Order 20-01 to extend its specified 30-day time periods through and including May 15, 2020. A copy of the amendment is available...

Mon, 2020-03-23

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia continues to monitor the most current statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO)...

Mon, 2020-03-23

Consistent with General Order 20-03, available here, the federal building located at 600 East First Street, Rome, GA, which houses the Court’s Rome division, will re-open on March 24, 2020...

Tue, 2020-03-17

Pursuant to General Order 20-02, available here, the federal building located at 600 East First Street, Rome, GA, which houses the Court’s Rome division, is temporarily closed until...

Mon, 2020-03-16

DEFENDANT’S WAIVER OF APPEARANCE AT ARRAIGNMENT PURSUANT TO FED. R. CRIM. P. 10

Rule 10(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure requires that an arraignment be conducted in open court. Rule 10(b), Fed. R. Crim. P.,...

Wed, 2020-03-11

Because of the evolving threat represented by the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and in the State of Georgia, and in view of the warnings issued by the Center for Disease Control, as well as by Governor...

Wed, 2020-03-11

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia continues to monitor the most current statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as all communications disseminated by the Administrative...

Thu, 2020-02-20

Due to the threat of inclement weather, on Friday, February 21, 2020, the Rome and Gainesville divisions of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia will delay opening until 10:00 a.m.  The Atlanta and Newnan divisions are...

Wed, 2020-02-12

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge J. Clay Fuller at Gainesville, Georgia expires on September 3, 2020. 

The United States District Court, as required by law, has established a panel of citizens to consider the...

Mon, 2020-01-27

On behalf of the Judges of the Northern District of Georgia, I am pleased to formally announce the selection of Ms. Regina D. Cannon to join our Court as a United States Magistrate Judge. On February 3, 2020, Ms. Cannon will assume the position...

Wed, 2020-01-22

Residents of the Northern District of Georgia continue to receive fraudulent phone calls claiming that the victim failed to appear for jury duty in federal court and/or has an arrest warrant or similar adverse situation. The scammer tells the...

Tue, 2020-01-07

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Justin S. Anand at Atlanta, Georgia expires on June 3, 2020.

The duties of a magistrate judge in the Northern District of Georgia include the following:

  1. Trial and...
Wed, 2019-12-18

In response to President Trump’s executive order issued December 17, 2019 (available ...

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