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5/20/2020 – SUPREME COURT TO RESTART ITS CASES AND REINSTATE ITS FILING DEADLINES

Atlanta, May 20, 2020 – On Thursday, May 21, 2020, the Supreme Court of Georgia will issue orders designed to keep the Court operating to the fullest extent possible during and after the statewide judicial emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Court takes this action recognizing that most of the deadlines imposed by the Court’s rules pertain to [...]

5/4/2020 – CHIEF JUSTICE WILL EXTEND STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY

Atlanta, May 4, 2020 - Chief Justice Harold D. Melton announced today that he will extend for another month the Statewide Judicial Emergency, which is due to expire May 13. Under an order the Chief Justice plans to sign later this week, the emergency initially declared on March 14 will be extended for a second time until Friday, June [...]

5/4/2020 – DRAFT VIDEO TRIAL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

The Council of Superior Court Judges has drafted an amendment to Uniform Superior Court Rule 9.1 that would authorize civil non-jury trials to be conducted by video conference.  The Supreme Court is seeking comments from the judiciary, members of the bar, and the public regarding this draft rule.  Please submit any comments no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, [...]

4/17/2020 – SUPREME COURT RESCHEDULES BAR EXAM, ADOPTS RULE ALLOWING LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES TO PRACTICE TEMPORARILY WITHOUT BAR LICENSE

The Supreme Court of Georgia announced today that due to the coronavirus, it has rescheduled the July 28-29 bar exam for September 9-10. Out of concern for the difficulties this necessary delay creates for recent law school graduates, the Court also has adopted a temporary rule allowing recent graduates to become provisionally admitted to practice law before taking the [...]

4/6/2020 – CHIEF JUSTICE EXTENDS JUDICIAL EMERGENCY

Atlanta, April 6, 2020 – Chief Justice Harold D. Melton issued an order today that extends the statewide judicial emergency until May 13, 2020. The Chief Justice first declared a judicial emergency on March 14 which was due to expire April 13. While under a statewide judicial emergency, courts are ordered to remain open to deal with matters that [...]

3/31/2020 – HIGH COURT APPROVES RULES TO KEEP COURTS OPEN AND ACCESSIBLE

Atlanta, March 31, 2020 – The Supreme Court of Georgia has issued orders approving amendments to current trial court rules for the purpose of keeping Georgia’s courts open and accessible during the COVID-19 emergency. Under the statewide judicial emergency that Chief Justice Harold D. Melton declared on March 14, 2020, courts throughout the state must remain open to address [...]

3/27/2020 – GA SUPREME COURT TO HOLD VIRTUAL COURT SESSION

Atlanta, March 27, 2020 – The Supreme Court of Georgia is gearing up to hold oral arguments via video conferencing the week of April 20, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton announced today. In the face of the coronavirus outbreak, this is the first time in history the state’s highest court will hold a virtual session. “We are committed to [...]

3/17/2020 – GEORGIA SUPREME COURT SUSPENDS FILING DEADLINES

In response to the Chief Justice’s declaration Saturday, March 14 of a statewide judicial emergency, the Supreme Court of Georgia has determined the following: The declaration order automatically suspends filing deadlines in this Court until 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2020, which is the date the order terminates; When the order does expire, attorneys will have the same amount [...]

3/14/2020 – CHIEF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE JUDICIAL EMERGENCY

Atlanta, March 14, 2020 – Chief Justice Harold D. Melton today declared a Statewide Judicial Emergency effective immediately due to the spread of the coronavirus throughout Georgia “and the potential infection of those who work in or are required to appear in our courts.” The order states that courts “should remain open to address essential functions, and in particular [...]

3/12/2020 – COURTS MAY SUSPEND JURY TRIALS IF NECESSARY

Atlanta, March 12, 2020 – Chief Justice Harold D. Melton today directed Georgia’s judges to consider limiting all non-essential functions in courthouses across the state for at least two weeks. In an emergency telephone meeting with judges representing all classes of courts, the Chief Justice informed the judicial leaders that under state law, the Chief Judge of each judicial [...]

3/12/2020 – SUPREME COURT TAKES STEPS TO LIMIT EXPOSURE TO VIRUS

Atlanta, March 12, 2020 – Chief Justice Harold D. Melton announced that effective today, the Supreme Court of Georgia will take the following steps to curtail the amount of people coming into the Nathan Deal Judicial Center during the threat of the coronavirus. All tours of the new building are canceled until further notice; The swearing-in ceremonies of attorneys [...]