Court Backlog Project

Start Date:  May 2021
Funding Amount:  $75 Million
End Date:  December 2024
Funding Source:  State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Description of Initiative:
Project Orca’s goal is to eliminate the cases that have accumulated due to the pandemic. Since the beginning of COVID-19, the Fulton County Court System has built a significant/unprecedented case accumulation. To address this accumulation of cases, we are proposing a combination of capacity expansions and productivity improvements. This project will be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. There is a separate budget managed by Fulton County Finance Department to ensure funds are being used for COVID 19 related backlog expenses. Project Orca is proposed to be completed by the end of year 2024.
What we are trying to Accomplish:
1. Elimination of the COVID-19 backlog of 149,00 case count.
2.  Improve Court processing standards by implementing new ideas and procedures to clear backlog.
3.  Reduce the Fulton County Jail Population to be within normal operating numbers prior to 2020.
4.  Improve communications between agencies that allow them to see how their performance impacts the overall justice system.

The COVID-19 Case Resolution Project began with 149,200 open & active cases prior to December 6, 2021.

Gantt Chart of Major Milestones: