In an escalating effort to outrace the reported spread of the novel coronavirus in Georgia, half of Georgia’s judicial circuits have suspended court functions and on Monday two courthouses closed their doors for two weeks. 

Led by Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Christopher Brasher’s decision last Friday morning to declare a judicial emergency in an order that will curtail court functions for at least the next 30 days, 24 of the superior court chief judges in 24 of state’s 49 judicial circuits soon followed suit. On Monday morning, judges in Henry and Clayton counties closed their courthouses for two weeks.  On Monday, Robert Russell, superior court  chief judge of the Atlantic Circuit, declared a judicial emergency and closed courthouses in Bryan, Evans, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, and Tatnall counties for 30 days.

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