Family Law | Statewide Judicial Emergency Extension

Family Law | Statewide Judicial Emergency Extension

Dear Section Members:

Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton has announced he will extend the statewide judicial emergency until Friday, June 12, 2020.

(Original Order [ www.gasupreme.us ] ; First Extension Order [ www.gasupreme.us ] ; Notice – Second Extension Order [ www.gasupreme.us ] )

– The declaration order automatically suspends filing deadlines in this Court until 11:59 p.m. on May 13, 2020, which is the date the extension order terminates;
– When the order does expire, attorneys will have the same amount of time to file their documents that they had remaining at the time the original order went into effect on March 14;
– In the meantime, attorneys do not need to file an extension of time;
– While the order is in place, failure to file certain documents that have specific deadlines, such as briefs, cannot be grounds for dismissing a case. However, the Court encourages parties to continue to file briefs and other documents when practicable, as the Court is continuing to work on cases.

Sincerely,

ivory t. brown, Chair
Family Law Section
State Bar of Georgia