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Judges Chris Brasher (left) and Ben Studdard. (Photos: Courtesy and John Disney/ALM) Judges Chris Brasher (left) and Ben Studdard. (Photos: Courtesy and John Disney/ALM)

Some courthouses across Georgia are closing again as employees and judges who had begun restoring court operations have tested positive for COVID-19. 

On Tuesday, Superior Court Chief Judge Brenda Weaver of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit issued an emergency order shutting the courthouses in North Georgia’s Gilmer and Fannin counties. Gilmer County Probate Judge Scott Chastain has tested positive for the virus, said Kevin Holder, executive director of the state Council of Probate Court Judges.

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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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