There are some matters that are considered essential and will continue to be heard. They are first appearance hearings, arrest and search warrants, temporary protective order applications and hearings for family violence and stalking and probation revocation hearings at the jail, as well as other misdemeanor jail court calendars.
Other matters may be deemed essential by a judge, but none of them will involve summoning new jurors, the order said.
Additionally, no new garnishment filings will be accepted while the state of emergency remains in place.
Danny Porter, the Gwinnett District Attorney, said he expects judicial partners to meet weekly by teleconference to determine if the order should be extended. His office will remain open, but most employees will work from home.
“It’ll give them time to catch up on all those things they say they don’t have time to do,” Porter said of his staff. “I don’t think we know what the impact and implications are.”
Porter also said his office will not accept any documents, including mail, through lobby windows. Materials will sit out for 24 hours before being sorted in the hopes that the virus won’t survive.
Any meetings about cases will also be held over the phone or through other means, he said.
The county solicitor’s office will be closed through March 27.
Additionally, the city of Snellville said it was canceling March 19 jury trials and would close its municipal court Wednesday and March 25.
The city also suspended activities at its senior center and canceled parks and recreation events.