Our Schedule and Operations during Coronavirus Alert

Update: Our office is now open to visitors. We are closely following CDC guidelines and are taking every measure necessary to keep our clients, visitors and staff safe.

Presently, the local courts are closed under the Supreme Court of Georgia’s declaration of a state of judicial emergency. Northeastern Judicial Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin signed an emergency judicial order related to COVID-19 that runs through August. 14, which adds on to the statewide rules set to end August 11. Gosselin’s order covers Hall and Dawson counties. Jury trials and grand juries have been delayed until at least October 1, and Gosselin established a “COVID-19 jury committee” to establish protocol for resuming trials.

As a result, non-essential hearings and scheduled depositions have been postponed, and it is unclear when depositions, mediations and other litigation events will start back. If you have any questions with your specific case, feel free to contact your attorney or staff member at Stewart Melvin & Frost for an update.

Public health conditions are fluid and evolving, therefore please check back on our website for future announcements related to the coronavirus pandemic and our office operations. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to be safe and mindful of healthy habits and precautions.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 770-536-0101.

 

Special Announcement from our Real Estate Division:

During the COVID-19 alert, we request that non-essential individuals NOT attend real estate closings or other in-person appointments at our Hunt Tower offices. “Non-essential” persons are anyone who is not necessary for the execution of legal documents or other consultations – including, but not limited to, friends, family, loan officers and real estate agents.

Please know that we understand some clients will prefer or want the presence of other support individuals; however, we are working in everyone’s best interest to avoid as much personal contact as possible and safeguard your health. Thank you for understanding.