A divided Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals panel said a preliminary injunction requiring that female psychiatric patients held at the Fulton County Jail be allowed time out of their cells at least five days a week, issued in 2019, has long since expired under a federal law regulating courts’ authority over prisons and jails.

But even as the majority said the preliminary injunction was void under the 90-day deadline set by the Prison Reform Act it also said there’s a possibility of a permanent injunction being issued as the litigation proceeds, and did not rule on its merits as lawyers for the county had asked.