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Chief Justice Harold Melton and Presiding Justice David Nahmias. Chief Justice Harold Melton (left) and Presiding Justice David Nahmias. (Photos: John Disney/ ALM)

The chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia warned Monday that judges who continue to ignore public health guidelines regarding COVID-19 or who fail to abide by his emergency declarations could face discipline by the state’s judicial watchdog. 

Chief Justice Harold Melton said that, while judges across the state are largely managing courthouse functions in line with state public health and CDC guidelines, he has been made aware of multiple incidents where practices “have been less than what is necessary to protect the safety of all.” His comments came during an emergency meeting of the state Judicial Council Monday.

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R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars.

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