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.

The April 15 deadline for all judges to file their Annual Disclosure Report required by Rule 3.15 of the Georgia Code of Judicial Conduct with the Supreme Court of Georgia has been tolled by the Chief Justice’s March 14, 2020 Order Declaring a Statewide Judicial Emergency. Rule 3.15 reports will be due no later than 32 days after the Statewide Judicial Emergency Order (which may be extended) expires. Judges may still file their reports before the deadline at https://www.gasupreme.us/rule315form.


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 Many orders below have been superseded by the Statewide Order and are available for informational purposes.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
Alapaha- Notice sites for Berrien, Cook Probate
Alcovy Circuit Newton, Walton Public notices regarding judicial emergency can be found at https://www.alcovycircuit.com/
Appalachian Judicial Circuit (05/13/20) Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens Calendar information for April and May hearings are included in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Emergency Order.
Atlanta Circuit Fulton Fulton State Court Standing Orders (3) during the Judicial Emergency Order
Magistrate Court of Fulton Amended Guidance (updated 5/21/20)
Atlanta Circuit –Notice sites for Superior, State, Juvenile, Probate, Magistrate
Atlantic Circuit
Updated 3-30-20
Bryan, Evans, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Tattnall Municipal Court of Ludowici, Long Notice sites for Bryan, Liberty, Evans, Long, Tattnall. As of 3/31 Tattnall Courthouse has no public access until further notice.
Augusta Circuit Burke, Columbia, Richmond Notice sites for Columbia, Richmond,
Richmond Closure updates - May 18, 2020
Circuit update
Forsyth Notice site for Forsyth
Blue Ridge Circuit
Updated 05/12/20
Cherokee Amended Order on Public Access
Notice site for Cherokee
Brunswick Judicial Circuit Appling, Camden, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Wayne
Chattahoochee Circuit
Updated 3/16/20
Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Talbot, Taylor Notice site for the Chattahoochee Circuit
Clayton Circuit
Updated 5/13/20
Clayton Notice site for Clayton (separated by court class in the left menu). Clayton Judicial Center is being sanitized and has no physical public access from 4/6 through 4/8. See the Clayton Emergency Order for details.
Cobb Circuit Cobb Municipal Court of Acworth, Municipal Court of Kennesaw,
Municipal Court Notice of Clarification,
Marrietta Municipal Court (Notice) ,
Magistrate Court of Cobb (Notice)
Probate Court of Cobb (Notice)
Notice site for Cobb
Coweta Circuit
Updated 3/18/20
Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Meriwether, Troup Municipal Court of Grantville, Coweta
Dougherty Circuit
update 05/15/20
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 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. For the purpose of being sanitized, the following courthouses are closed to the public during the dates listed: Lumpkin County Courthouse from 04/06 through 04/07 and the Union County Courthouse from 04/06 through 04/10.
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) Notice site for Gwinnett, Gwinnett Clerks office is offering social distant services until 4/13, only one window is open for filing criminal complaints.
Houston Circuit Houston Notice site for Houston
Lookout Mountain Circuit Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Walker Notice site for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit
Macon Circuit Bibb, Crawford, Peach Macon-Bibb has limited access to Superior Court Clerks Office through at least 4/13.
Notice site for Peach
Mountain Circuit
Updated 5/13/20
Habersham, Rabun, Stephens Notice site for Habersham, Stephens. See the Mountain Circuit 04/06 Emergency Order Amendment for information regarding the use of video conferences.
Northeastern Judicial Circuit (04/08/20) Dawson, Hall Notice site for the Northeastern Circuit
Northern Circuit
Updated 4/24/20
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.
Pataula Judicial Circuit (04/09/20) Clay, Early, Miller, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell Municipal Court of Dawson, Terrell Notice site for the Pataula Circuit
Paulding Circuit Paulding
Piedmont Circuit Banks, Barrow, Jackson Magistrate Court of Barrow (Notice: 3/17/20),
Municipal Court of Jefferson Updated 4/08/20
Rockdale Circuit
Updated 5/13/20
Rockdale The Rockdale County Courthouse will be CLOSED on May 1, 2020 for cleaning. See the Emergency Judicial Order for Details.
A mask is required when enter the Rockdale County Courthouse.
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 04/07/20
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
Western Circuit Clarke, Oconee Oconee Juvenile (03/31) Athens Municipal Court Notice (04/06/20), Oconee County Courthouse and other government facilities are closed until April 26. Notice site for Clarke County
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