On May 4, 2020, the Georgia Supreme Court extended the Statewide Judicial Emergency – which is set to expire on May 13 – for another month. After the emergency was initially declared on March 14, this is the second extension of the order.
This means all jury trials will remain suspended and courts are prohibited from summoning jurors for any trial proceedings until June 12, 2020. The suspension of jury proceedings adheres to social distancing and other safety measures recommended by the CDC, as well as local and state health departments, to avoid large gatherings of people assembled for such proceedings.
However, local and state courts will continue to stay open for critical and essential cases. Courts are also encouraged to handle non-critical matters remotely via videoconferencing or by following public health guidelines. The use of videoconferencing for remote judicial proceedings helps limit the growing backlog of court cases.
When it comes to civil and criminal matters in Gwinnett County, any civil and real estate documents can be electronically filed – no matter what time of day. For criminal pleadings, the main office (75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30046) will have one window available for criminal filings.
Residents may apply for a protective order in person at the Clerk’s office at the Gwinnett County Detention Center. The Clerk’s office is also open for other court actions, such as arraignments and warrants.
Whether you are dealing with a criminal or family law matter in Gwinnett County, Daniels & Taylor, P.C. has provided compassionate and effective legal services for residents since 1994. Our firm is open and ready to assist current and prospective clients via phone or videoconferencing.
Contact us today at (770) 285-1673 and request a consultation to learn about your legal options during the COVID-19 outbreak.