Water damage slows civil filings in Fulton Superior Court
4:11 pm, April 12th, 2012
Four days after a weekend leak from an upper floor damaged dozens of files in the first-floor filing room for civil cases at the Fulton County Courthouse, a large area of the lobby remains off-limits and surrounded by yellow crime-scene tape, with several missing ceiling tiles leaving a gaping hole overhead.
Clerk of the Superior Court Tina Robinson said files are being accepted and processed as usual, but that the limited space means there may be delays for those who elect to wait for stamped copies.
“We are working on mail and walk-in customers with limited stations opened,” said Robinson. “Therefore, we will ask customers if they prefer to wait in line or receive a stamp-filed copy through the mail.”
Robinson said the filing date recorded on documents will be current with the actual filing date. She also noted that her office’s service
centers are available: the South Service Center is in College Park at 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, and the West Service Center is at 5440 Fulton Industrial Boulevard.
The leak was discovered Sunday, according to Fulton County Facilities and Transportation Services Director David Ricks, and occurred when a small “spot” hot-water heater connected to some courthouse bathrooms malfunctioned.