Georgia chief justice says jury trials can resume

Georgia chief justice says jury trials can resume
Georgia's chief justice says jury trials can resume as long as adequate precautions against the spread of the coronavirus are in place. (Source: WTOC)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s top judge has cleared the way for jury trials in the state to resume immediately as long as adequate precautions against the spread of the coronavirus are in place.

An order signed Tuesday by Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton extends the statewide judicial emergency resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. But it allows courts to call new jurors and hold jury trials.

Melton suspended jury trials when he first declared a statewide judicial emergency nearly a year ago, on March 14, 2020. He lifted that suspension in October but reinstated it on Dec. 23 because of a surge in coronavirus cases.

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