At the beginning of March, things still looked normal. The novel coronavirus had ravaged parts of China, Iran and Italy, but life looked the same in the United States, even if everyday discussion was starting to veer toward hand sanitizer and then toilet paper.

On Thursday, March 12, the Supreme Court of Georgia said guidance from the CDC indicated that lawyers shouldn’t come to the court physically to get permission to practice before the justices. Two days later, Chief Justice Harold Melton declared a judicial emergency that has been extended each month.

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