Chief Magistrate Judge
Justice Center Tower
185 Central Avenue SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
In 2014 Governor Nathan Deal appointed Cassandra Kirk Chief Magistrate Judge and tasked her with creating the newly independent Magistrate Court of Fulton County. In May 2018 Judge Kirk successfully defended her seat in a contested election to become the first ever elected Chief Magistrate Judge of Fulton County. Her mission is to Inform, Engage and Empower Our Community.
Under her leadership, the Magistrate Court: created its first website; selected 8 full and 22 part-time judges in a public process; provided mediation services at the North and South Annexes; implemented civil e-filing with a user-friendly Guide and File; supported the Housing Court Assistance Center, providing navigation services to tenants in Landlord-Tenant cases; guided Fulton’s first Misdemeanor Mental Health Court with other Justice Partners; successfully eliminated the Court’s 30,000 small claims case backlog; and was one of four courts nationwide awarded a Grant from the National Center for State Courts to pilot our High Volume Court Simplified project.
Prior to Magistrate Court, Judge Kirk served Fulton County as a Juvenile Court judge, where she spearheaded its first Juvenile Drug Treatment Court. Judge Kirk’s over twenty-five year legal experience includes service as a jurist, prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, civil litigator, and Administrative Director.
Cassandra supports the community through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., North Avenue Presbyterian Church (Elder), alumni activities with the Regional Leadership Institute and Leadership Atlanta, and the Boards of Directors of The Atlanta Resource Foundation, Star C, the Southern Advisory Committee to Children’s Rights, and Street Grace, a non-profit aimed at eradicating domestic minor sex trafficking.
As a result of her commitment to the community and the legal profession, Fulton County Chief Magistrate Judge Cassandra Kirk received several awards in 2019 for service and leadership: Judge of the Year (Rolling Out Magazine), Judge of the Year (Women Works Media Group), Woman of the Year (ACHI Magazine), and the Power of Leadership Award (Black I Am Power and Entertainment Awards). She was also nominated for Civil Servant of the Year (R.I.C.E. awards) in 2018. Judge Kirk received her B.A. from Williams College, and her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.