In response to the COVID – 19 pandemic, the Supreme Court of Georgia has extended the Judicial Emergency until September 10, 2020. This is the 5th extension of the judicial emergency since the beginning of the pandemic. The Supreme Court has issued guidelines for handling essential and non-essential matters during this time. You can read the judicial extension order below.
What does this mean if you have pending charges against you?
- STAY IN CONTACT with your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, contact our office for a free case evaluation. Each county has developed guidelines for handling cases. Your attorney should be in contact with your specific court and be able to advise you about your case and answer your questions.
- JURY TRIALS and Grand Jury proceedings have been suspended until September 10 , or later.
- If you have a pending jury trial stay in contact with your attorney as they can advise you on the next steps.
- In most jurisdictions, grand juries are not hearing cases, which means felony criminal cases are not being formally charged. If you or someone you know is currently in jail, contact The Law Office of Nicole L. McArthur to see how we can help.
- However, several deadlines for filing motions have been reinstated depending on your type of case.
- Other hearings (bond hearings, status hearings and plea hearings) may be conducted but it is up to the discretion of the Judge whether they are in person or held remotely.
- Judges have discretion in each county to increase the restrictions and make broad decisions concerning how cases are handled during this judicial emergency.
We understand this is a challenging time with many uncertainties. If you currently have charges pending and you are unsure of what these guidelines mean for your case contact our office. We are here to help you through these ever-changing times.