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Chief Superior Court Judge Talks About Covid-19 Response

Order Declaring Judicial Emergency

Chief Judge Announcement:

In an abundance of caution, all jury trials in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit are continued for a 30 day period. Catoosa County jury trials for the March term are canceled and defendants will receive notice of new court dates.

These safety measures are taken as a precautionary measure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and are in keeping with recommendations of medical and public health experts. It is simply not possible to practice effective social distancing within our current jury trial format.

Other courts will remain open and conduct all other regularly scheduled matters deemed necessary by each specific court. By taking these proactive measures it is my hope that we can minimize potential problems and protect the well being of all our litigants, attorneys, and courthouse personnel as well as that of our community as a whole. I encourage each of you to be protective of your own personal health and that of those around you.

I have also been asked to keep the Council of Superior Court Judges President, Judge LaGrua,, Chief Justice Melton, and Presiding Judge Nahmias of the Supreme Court of Georgia apprised of any development in our courts as it relates to COVID-19. Please inform both me and our Chief Court Administrator, Keith Bates, of any such matters immediately.

  Kristina Cook Graham

1 Comment

  1. Erik mann on March 16, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Does that mean the people in jail awaiting trial will be sent home? Or will they be left in limbo in a environment that is conducive to mass infection? Or will she order trials and hearings without the presence of the defendants? She did that before.

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