March 14, 2021–4:05 p.m.
Jury trials in Georgia can resume following an executive order issued by Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton on Friday.
The Chief Justice cited a decline in the surge of COVID-19 cases as the reason for lifting the prohibition that was first implemented in March of last year.
Trial courts, in their discretion, may resume jury trials as local conditions allow.
As stated in previous orders, all courts are again urged to use technology, when practicable and lawful, to conduct remote judicial proceedings as a safer alternative to in-person proceedings.
Where remote proceedings are not practicable or lawful, courts are reminded that in-person proceedings must be conducted in full compliance with public health guidance and the other requirements set forth in this order and in light of local conditions.