ATLANTA, Georgia: The Georgia Supreme Court is to resume in-person court hearings for the first time in more than one year.
On June 9, the nine justices will return to the Georgia Supreme Court chambers in Atlanta, Chief Justice Harold Melton announced this week.
In March 2020, in response to the spreading Covid pandemic, Melton declared a statewide judicial emergency and moved all deliberations online.
"Although the Statewide Judicial Emergency remains in place, this is yet another step in our court system's return to robust court operations," Melton said in a news release.
Public health measures will continue to be enforced at the Supreme Court, as all nine justices have been vaccinated and will wear masks.
While those inside the courtroom will be required to wear masks, lawyers may make arguments without wearing masks.
Also, the gallery will only allow 34 members of the public, rather than the normal 154, to observe court proceedings.
New rules will allow for some remote sessions, if both parties agree to such a request. However, it will be up to the court whether the request is granted.
Also, court sessions will continue to be broadcast on the court's website.