Judge Charles Barrett, the new judge appointed to hear code enforcement cases for the City of Peachtree Corners heard his first cases recently.
At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, Judge Charles L. Barrett, III heard seven cases on various code enforcement violations.
"One was dismissed, one was reset and five were heard," said Brandon Branham, the city's Clerk of Court. The process took just over an hour.
The first was dismissed as the property owner came into compliance, the second had to be reset because the property owner was ill and unable to attend.
"He had sent a friend in his place," said Branham. "But you can't send a friend, an attorney is the only one who can represent you in court."
The remaining cases were settled with two paying fines.
All had met with the Solicitor (City Attorney Bill Riley) before appearing in court. When a case is ready to come before the judge, the solicitor and code enforcement officer go over the case. The individual then has an opportunity to talk to the solicitor who may decide to reduce the fine explained Branham.
The next court date is Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. Court is held in the City Council meeting room. For questions, contact Clerk of Court, 770-609-8818.