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Cobb County Superior Court Judge Steve Schuster. (Photo: John Disney/ALM)

Attorneys have raised questions about attorney-client confidentiality, basic constitutional rights, witness influencing and adequate access to workable technology if the state proceeds with a proposal to allow civil non-jury trials to be conducted by video to stem a growing backlog related COVID-19.

The proposal by the Council of Superior Court Judges garnered more than 200 comments, according to the spokeswoman for the Supreme Court of Georgia, which must approve the rule before any changes are made.

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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