Citing the “rapid escalation of COVID-19 cases,” Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton issued an order Wednesday, Dec. 23, prohibiting all jury trials, which is anticipated to continue until at least February.
“All courts are again urged to use technology when practicable and lawful to conduct remote judicial proceedings as a safer alternative to in-person proceedings,” according to Melton’s order.
Melton’s order also reminds courts that in-person proceedings “must be conducted in full compliance with public health guidance.” It is the ninth extension of the original order March 14, which has closed down courts for months, prolonged jury trials and caused backlogs for judges and attorneys.
The new extension runs until 11:59 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8.
Chief Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit signed a similar order Wednesday, suspending all trials in Hall and Dawson County through Jan. 31, 2021.