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Since March, all courts in Georgia have been under emergency orders signed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton that shut down grand jury and jury trial sessions and limited court action to emergency and critical matters.

An order last Thursday by Chief Justice Melton has cleared the way for grand jury sessions and the resumption of jury trials.  The order, which runs through October 13th, says that all court proceedings must follow CDC safety guidelines.

For the past several months, the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit has been using Zoom or WebX online meetings to conduct hearings and important court proceedings.