Chief Justice Harold D. Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia announced a statewide judicial emergency on March 14, 2020 (“the judicial branch of government to suspend all but essential court functions”). With cautious reluctance, we complied in varying degrees. Judges directed court personnel to postpone motion hearings and jury trial calendars, attorneys canceled depositions and work-related travel, national and local ADR companies such as JAMS, Miles Mediation and Henning touted their preparedness to work through the judicial pause and continue helping their clients to resolve disputes using technology and already developed virtual platforms, and law schools scrambled to transition to online, virtual learning for their law students.
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