Judges should also consider limiting all non-essential functions in the state’s courthouses over the same timeframe, Melton said. The decision was made during an emergency telephone meeting with judges representing all classes of courts.
Melton said he has not yet declared a statewide judicial emergency, but noted that a number of judges have been asking about suspending jury service and jury trials. Such actions would be consistent, the chief justice said, with Gov. Brian Kemp’s directives to local governments, giving them the authority to close offices, schools and take other actions to protect their communities.