The Honorable Harold D. Melton, as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, issued an Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency pursuant to OCGA §38-3-61. Due to the continuing statewide emergency, on April 6, 2020, the Order was extended until May 13, 2020. In his latest Order, the Chief Justice extended the Declaration until Friday, June 12, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
Last evening, however, we received an update from the Fulton County Court regarding the expiration of the State of Emergency on Friday, June 12, and the procedures for court resuming operations on or about June 22. The court will rely heavily on Zoom meetings and the use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for in-person hearings. We suspect that other counties will follow suit. Listed below are a few of the general rules for magistrate court business.
General Rules for Magistrate Court Business
Pursuant to the Judicial State of Emergency and Public Health State of Emergency, the Court will utilize the following procedures to protect court personnel, litigants, and the public:
- The County Building Management team will sanitize the Courthouse, the courtrooms, and all the associated court spaces on June 6 and 7, 2020.
- The County Building team will install plexiglass barriers and/or other protective measures in the courthouse, following CDC and Fulton Public Health, recommended guidelines. Following sanitizing, County-designated personnel will take the temperature of each person who enters the judicial center prior to entry into the judicial center.
- Those who are sick or exhibiting symptoms, including running a temperature, are encouraged to stay home.
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