Emergency Judicial Orders

A judicial emergency is defined as a state of emergency declared by the Governor, a public health emergency under O.C.G.A. 31-12-1.1, a local emergency under O.C.G.A. § 36-69-2, or another serious emergency when the emergency substantially endangers or infringers upon the normal functioning of the judicial system, including the ability of persons or litigants to have access to the court or meet time deadlines imposed by court order or rule, statute, or administrative rule or regulation. O.C.G.A. § 38-3-60(2).

Below is a list of circuits and courts that have filed judicial emergency orders. Each order contains specific details for each county. Click on the links to view an order for a particular circuit or county. Click on the links to view an order for a particular circuit or county. Please see our COVID-19 Preparedness site for more resources.


Executive Order Regarding the Judicial Branch (04/03/20)

The Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency supersedes local judicial emergency orders filed before it. Many orders below have been superseded by the Statewide Order and are available for informational purposes. If an addendum or additional order is filed by an individual court after the Statewide Order, the updated date will be shown next to the hyperlink.

Judicial Circuit Impacted Counties Limited Jurisdiction Orders Notes/General Information
Alapaha Circuit Atkinson, Berrien, Clinch, Cook, Lanier Magistrate Court of Cook (Notice)
Probate Court of Cook
The Probate Court of Atkinson County is closed and will reopen August 3, 2020.
Alapaha- Notice sites for Berrien, Cook Probate
Alcovy Circuit
Updated 07/01/2020
Newton, Walton Public notices regarding judicial emergency can be found at https://www.alcovycircuit.com/,
Walton County Courthouse closure has been extended through July 21, 2020.
Appalachian Judicial Circuit Updated 09/14/20 Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens Order Establishing Jury Committee (09/21/20),
Gilmer County Courthouse has reopened as of July 13, 2020.
Atlanta Circuit Fulton Fulton State Court Standing Orders (3) during the Judicial Emergency Order
Magistrate Court of Fulton County Standing Order on Proceedings (7/13/20)
Atlanta Circuit –Notice sites for Superior, State, Juvenile, Probate, Magistrate
Atlantic Circuit
Updated 05/29/20
Bryan, Evans, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Tattnall Municipal Court of Ludowici, Long Notice sites for Bryan, Liberty, Evans, Long, Tattnall
Augusta Circuit Burke, Columbia, Richmond Notice sites for Columbia, Richmond,
401 WAL TON WAY & CRAIG-BOUGHTON elementary school as the Augusta-Richmond County Judicial Center John B. Ruffin, Jr. Courthouse Annexes are designated for the conduct of judicial business
Circuit update
Forsyth Notice site for Forsyth,
Forsyth court closure - October 9th, 2020
Blue Ridge Circuit
Updated 08/12/20
Cherokee Amended Order on Public Access
Notice site for Cherokee
Brunswick Judicial Circuit Appling, Camden, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Wayne Glynn County Courthouse Closure, June 5 Order,
Clerk of Superior Court of Camden closure Order - October 21st - 26th
Chattahoochee Circuit
Updated 3/16/20
Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Talbot, Taylor The Chattahoochee County Courthouse is closed, reopening August 5, 2020. Court business will be conducted at Chattahoochee Recreation Center and Old City Hall
Notice site for the Chattahoochee Circuit,
Talbot County Alternate Court Facility Order (June 15-22)
Clayton Circuit
Updated 09/11/20
Clayton Notice site for Clayton (separated by court class in the left menu).
Cobb Circuit Cobb Municipal Court of Acworth (09/11/20),
Municipal Court of Kennesaw (08/11/20),
Municipal Court Notice of Clarification,
Municipal Court of Marietta (10/15/20) ,
Magistrate Court of Cobb (Notice)
Probate Court of Cobb (Notice)
Notice site for Cobb
Coweta Circuit
Updated 05/21/20
Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Meriwether, Troup Municipal Court of Grantville, Coweta
Dougherty Circuit
update 09/14/20
Dougherty Municipal Court of Albany, Dougherty ***IMPORTANT***: Dougherty Courthouse is Closed to the Public. See the Dougherty Circuit Order for more details
Eastern Circuit
Updated 3/24/20
Chatham Order Establishing Guidelines for In-Person Court Proceedings (06/03/20) Juvenile Court of Chatham
Municipal Court of Bloomingdale, Chatham
Notice site for Chatham
Enotah Circuit Lumpkin, Towns, Union, White Notice sites for Lumpkin, Towns, Union, White
Flint Judicial Circuit
Henry Notice sites for Superior, Juvenile, State, Probate, Magistrate
Gwinnett Circuit
Updated 3/30/20
Gwinnett Municipal Court of Dututh (04/08/20) ,
Municipal Court of Suwanee (08/10/20)
Notice site for Gwinnett
Houston Circuit Houston Notice site for Houston
Lookout Mountain Circuit (7/24/2020) Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Walker Notice site for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit
Macon Circuit Bibb, Crawford, Peach Macon-Bibb Guidelines for Court Proceedings for Courts in the Macon Judicial Circuit.
Notice site for Peach
Middle Judicial Circuit Candler, Emanuel, Jefferson, Toombs, Washington Jefferson County Courthouse is CLOSED from June 29, 2020 through until July 9, 2020.
Washington County Courthouse is CLOSED and will reopen July 16, 2020
Mountain Circuit
Updated 09/18/20
Habersham (09/23/20), Rabun, Stephens Notice site for Habersham, Stephens. See the Mountain Circuit 04/06 Emergency Order Amendment for information regarding the use of video conferences,
Order Establishing Jury Committee (07/30/20)
Northeastern Judicial Circuit Dawson ( 10/16/20),
Hall( 10/16/20)
Notice site for the Northeastern Circuit,
Hall County Superior and State Court Clerk's Office alternative location order (07/01/20),
Hall County alternate facility - Municipal Courtroom (10/16/20)
Northern Circuit
Updated 05/29/20
Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison, Oglethorpe
Ocmulgee Circuit Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam , Wilkinson Notice sites for Baldwin, Jasper, Jones, Putnam.
Jones County Courthouse is closed to the public until further notice.
Oconee Judicial Circuit Bleckley, Dodge, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Wheeler Telfair Magistrate court: Closed immediately until 10/22 Dodge County Courthouse Annex closed through 6/28/20 .,
Telfair Magistrate court: Closed immediately until 10/22
Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Bulloch, Effingham, Jenkins, Screven Bulloch County Courthouse is CLOSED from July 7, to July 9 for cleaning.,
Closure of Screven County Courthouse located in Sylvania, Ga August 14th, 2020
Pataula Judicial Circuit (04/09/20) Clay, Early, Miller, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell Municipal Court of Dawson, Terrell Pataula Circuit notice site with Guidelines for Conducting In-Person Court Proceedings.
Paulding Circuit Paulding
Piedmont Circuit Banks, Barrow, Jackson Magistrate Court of Barrow (Notice: 3/17/20),
Municipal Court of Jefferson Updated 4/08/20
Banks County Administrative Order - Guidelines for Court Proceedings
Barrow County Administrative Order - Guidelines for Court Proceedings
Jackson County Administrative Order - Guidelines for Court Proceedings
Rockdale Circuit
Updated 10/27/20
Rockdale A mask is required when enter the Rockdale County Courthouse.,
Order Regarding Grand Jury - October 2020 Term of the Rockdale County
Rome Judicial Circuit
Updated 6/5/20
Floyd The Floyd County Courthouse is CLOSED to the public until June 22, 2020 (June 8 order).
Southern Circuit Brooks, Colquitt, Echols, Lowndes, Thomas
South Georgia Circuit Baker, Calhoun, Decatur, Grady, Mitchell The Baker County Courthouse is closed to the general public.
The Calhoun County Courthouse is closed to the general public. See the Calhoun Judicial Emergency Order for more info.
Southwestern Circuit Lee, Macon, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Webster Magistrate Court, Lee
Municipal Court of Leslie, Sumter
Stone Mountain Circuit
Updated 08/11/20
Dekalb Notice sites for Superior, State, Juvenile, Probate, Magistrate
Tallapoosa Circuit Haralson, Polk
Tifton Circuit Irwin, Tift, Turner, Worth Magistrate Court of Irwin (Notice)
Municipal Court of Sylvester, Worth
Towaliga Circuit Butts, Lamar, Monroe Magistrate Court of Butts (Notice)
Magistrate Court of Lamar
Waycross Judicial Circuit Bacon,
Brantley (09/17/20), Charlton, Coffee, Pierce, Ware
Municipal Court of Waycross Guidelines,
Magistrate Court of Ware
Waycross Judicial Circuit Guidelines for Court Proceedings,
August 5 Order Declaring a Judicial Emergency in the Waycross Judicial Circuit. Charlton County Probate/Magistrate offices are closed until August 19.,
Magistrate Court of Ware reopened August 28, 2020
Western Circuit
Clarke, Oconee Oconee Juvenile (03/31) Standing Order for Court Procedures (Juvenile, Magistrate, Municipal, Probate, State, Superior)
Athens-Clarke County Courthouse is closed through July 17, 2020 for cleaning.
Athens Municipal Court Notice (04/06/20), Notice site for Clarke County
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