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A detail of one of the Justices chairs in the Supreme Court courtroom in the Nathan Deal Judicial Center.The chairs were reupholstered by inmates at Montgomery State Prison and embroidered by inmates at Hancock State Prison. A detail of one of the Justices chairs in the Supreme Court courtroom in the Nathan Deal Judicial Center. (Photo: John Disney/ALM)

For the first time since the new coronavirus pandemic emergency started, the Georgia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week—but like a lot of things these days, they won’t look the same.

The justices will consider appeals of several murder convictions plus, a personal injury lawsuit against a sheriff over a deputy’s car crash and a legal malpractice case against an appellate lawyer. It sounds like business as usual. And the arguments will be livestreamed on the court website, as always. But instead of sitting together on their bench with the lawyers arguing before them, the justices’ faces will show up separately on a Zoom teleconference call, as will the lawyers arguing.

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Katheryn Tucker

Katheryn Hayes Tucker is an Atlanta-based reporter covering legal news for the Daily Report and other ALM publications.

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