Ruling in an apparent case of first impression, the Georgia Supreme Court revived claims dismissed by a trial judge who took it upon herself to grant quasi-judicial immunity to two court clerks sued by a woman who was jailed after they failed to report that her arrest warrant had been canceled. 

Lawyers for Atlanta had claimed sovereign and qualified immunity for the clerks but a Fulton County judge never reached those arguments, ruling sua sponte that the defendants were shielded by quasi-judicial immunity and dismissing the case.