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 § 38-3-61. That Order has been extended fourteen times, with modifications.
After consulting with the Judicial Council of Georgia and other judicial partners, and because the novel coronavirus continues to significantly affect Georgia’s judicial system, it is hereby determined that the order should be extended again. However, as discussed in the Notice of Expected Termination of Statewide Judicial Emergency on June 30, 2021 issued separately today by the Chief Justice, it is anticipated that the Public Health State of Emergency declared by the Governor may expire at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
Accordingly, the Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency, which would have expired on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., is further extended but only until Wednesday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. If the Public Health State of Emergency expires before June 30, the Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency will expire at the same time by operation of law. Until this Order expires, all Georgia courts shall continue to operate under the requirements set forth in the Order as extended. However, courts and litigants should prepare for the expiration of the statewide judicial emergency.