August 13, 2020

COVID-19: Supreme Court of Georgia Issues Fifth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency

On August 11, 2020 the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia issued the Fifth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency.  In this most recent Order, the Supreme Court reiterated that deadlines for civil matters, which had been previously suspended, were reimposed as of July 14, 2020.

The new Order continues “the prohibition on all jury proceedings.”  However the Court stated “This broad prohibition cannot last much longer, even if the pandemic continues, because the judicial system, and the criminal justice system in particular, must have some capacity to resolve cases by indictment and trial.”

The Court encouraged all Georgia courts to continue using and improving technology to allow litigants to appear remotely, “unless required by law to appear in person or unless it is not practicable for technical or other reasons for persons participating in the proceeding to participate remotely.”

This current Order extends the Judicial Emergency, and applicable guidelines, through September 10, 2020. As always, if you have any questions concerning deadlines or procedural matters of any sort in Georgia, please do not hesitate to contact one of the attorneys in our Atlanta office at (470) 740-4100.

You can read the full text of the Fifth Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency here