Second Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency – Georgia

Last evening, we received an update from the Chief Justice of the GA Supreme Court extending the Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency until June 12, 2020.

An excerpt from the Second-Order is below:

“On March 14, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 § 38-3-6 1. Due to the continuing statewide emergency, on April 6, 2020, the Order was extended until May 13, 2020. After consulting with the Judicial Council of Georgia and other judicial partners, and recognizing that most in-court proceedings compel the attendance of various individuals rather than allowing them to decide how best to protect their own health, it is hereby determined that the statewide judicial emergency Order should be extended, with some clarifications and modifications as well as directions regarding efforts to resume court operations in a manner that protects public health. Accordingly, the Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency, which would have expired on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., is further extended until Friday, June 12, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. All Georgia courts shall continue to operate under the restrictions set forth in that Order as extended, with the following clarifications, modifications, and directions, Where this order refers to “public health guidance,” courts should consider the most specific current guidance provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and their local health departments.”

In the interim, you may continue to submit new cases through our online portal, and if we hear that any Clerks decide not to accept new filings at all, we will certainly let you know. We will of course update you once we know more, or in the event, we hear new information, so that you’ll know for certain what to expect in the days and weeks to come.

We thank you for your trust and continued business.