Order of the Courts


Release Date: April 20, 2020


     Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 38-3-61, and due to the continuing statewide emergency involving the transmission of Coronavirus/COVID 19, the Honorable Chief Judge David B. Irwin of the Superior Court of Rockdale County and the undersigned Judges of the Rockdale Judicial Circuit HEREBY ORDERS as follows:
     IT IS THE ORDER of the Court that any person or persons entering the Rockdale County Courthouse for any reason shall be required to wear a facial mask or facial covering at all times while in the common area(s) of the Rockdale County Courthouse.
     This Order shall remain in effect until further order of the court. Should the state of emergency extend beyond the period indicated above or should the nature of the emergency otherwise require modification by the Court, the Court will make a determination of available alternative remedies for the conduct of court business, as necessary, and a corresponding Order will be entered and distributed in accordance with Georgia law.
     Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 38-3-63:
     IT IS ORDERED that the Sheriff of Rockdale County shall post this Order on his public notification site and in the courthouses;
     IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the undersigned shall immediately notify and serve Chief Justice Harold D. Melton of the Supreme Court with a copy of this Order, such service to be accomplished via email to Tee Barnes, the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Georgia, at barnest@gasupreme.us;
     IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the undersigned shall immediately notify and serve a copy of the order on the judges and clerks of all courts sitting within the jurisdictions affected and on the clerks of the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court, such service to be accomplished through reasonable means to assure expeditious receipt; and
     IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the undersigned shall give notice of the issuance of this Order to the affected parties, counsel for the affected parties, and the public.
     IT IS SO ORDERED this 20th day of April, 2020 at I:30 p.m.

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