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As Businesses Reopen, Jury Trials in Georgia Remain on Hold

Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP

Even with some businesses reopening and a statewide shelter-in-place order lifted, the coronavirus outbreak continues to keep Georgia courts from returning to normal operations.

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton on Monday announced that he’s extending a statewide judicial emergency through mid-June. That means civil and criminal jury trials will continue to be on hold and no jurors or grand jurors will be called to serve. State health officials have confirmed more than 29,000 cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, and there have been nearly 1,200 confirmed deaths from the disease.

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People cross Broad Street in downtown Athens, Ga, on Friday, May 1, 2020. Following Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to end the states shelter-at-home order people are out and about despite COVID-19 cases continuing to grow in the state.

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