McDONOUGH — The Henry County Superior Court has declared a judicial emergency over the courts in Henry County.
The emergency was declared due to the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. According to the declaration signed by Chief Judge Brian Amero, the pandemic “substantially endangers or infringes upon the normal functioning of the judicial system as it relates to jury service, include grand jury service, and any non-essential matters, unless they can be conducted via video or teleconferencing.”
As a result, any in-person civil cases and “non-essential matters” have been halted in Henry County. Any civil matters or matters determined non-essential have been asked to be conducted via video or teleconferencing.
According to the declaration, the Superior Court has also extended statute of limitations, the time “within which to try a case for which a demand for speedy trial has been filed,” the time to hold a commitment hearing, the time to return a bill of indictment or an accusation or to bring a matter before a grand jury and other legal proceedings “as determined to be necessary,” including calendars “including large numbers of litigants, lawyers or other persons.”
The amount of COVID-19 cases appears to be jumping in Georgia and in Henry County. According to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health as of 2:50 p.m. Sunday, there were 1,141 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Henry County, 108 hospitalizations and 33 deaths.
There were 77,210 COVID-19 cases across the state at that same time, 10,711 hospitalizations and 2,778 deaths.