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 [...]
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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 [...]
On Monday morning, March 23, the Supreme Court of Georgia entered the following order in the cases involving John Barrow and Elizabeth Beskin v. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ORDER. Below are the orders designating the five superior court judges who will sit on the case. Honorable Scott L. Ballard [...]
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 [...]
Atlanta, March 14, 2020 – March oral argument sessions are canceled. The cases scheduled for March oral argument will be added to the April 2020 oral argument calendar.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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; [...]
Atlanta, February 28, 2020 – Justice Keith R. Blackwell announced today that he will resign from the Supreme Court of Georgia on Nov. 18, 2020, the last day of the August Term of Court. Gov. Brian Kemp will appoint his replacement. Citing family obligations, Justice Blackwell said in a letter to the governor that [...]
Chief Justice Harold Melton shakes hands with legislators as he enters the House Chamber in the State Capitol Wednesday morning to deliver his second State of the Judiciary address. CLICK TO READ THE SPEECH.