From the Supreme Court: Fourth Order Extending Statewide Judicial Emergency

Fourth Order Extending Statewide Judicial Emergency

The Order from Supreme Court of Georgia Chief Justice Harold D. Melton declaring a Statewide Judicial Emergency, which would have expired on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., is further extended until Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The Order has been extended three times, with modifications, by orders issued on April 6, May 11 and June 12, 2020.

This Order authorizes courts to move forward with all judicial proceedings, except criminal and civil jury trials and most grand jury proceedings, as long as the courts can legally, safely and practicably do so. Courts are encouraged to use technology for proceedings, but where that cannot be accomplished, the in-person proceeding and the court facility in which it is to be held must be in compliance with safety guidelines set out in the Order. Previously submitted safety guidelines that do not meet the standards set out must be resubmitted within 10 days of the Order.

Read the Order in its entirety here. [ ]

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