One day before alarms over COVID-19’s spread prompted the chief judge of Georgia’s largest judicial circuit to curtail court operations, Atlanta attorney Georgia Lord sent him an urgent message.

Lord was worried. Fulton County’s superior and state courts were continuing to pack hundreds of lawyers, their clients, witnesses and potential jurors into crowded calendar calls and jury assembly rooms, often for hours at a time. Lord urged Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher to take “immediate significant steps” to prevent court operations from becoming “a launching pad” for the coronavirus’ potential spread.

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