As of today, May 4th, 2020, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton announced that he will extend the Statewide Judicial Emergency for another month, until Friday, June 12, 2020. The press release with details can be found here: https://www.gasupreme.us/extend-judicial-emergency/
Under the new extension order, all criminal and civil jury trials will continue to be suspended, and courts will be barred from summoning and impaneling new trial and grand juries. Courts now will be urged to develop plans for building back non-critical operations that can be conducted remotely by videoconferencing or by maintaining adherence to public health guidelines. The order will urge courts to increase the use of technology to conduct remote judicial proceedings where legally permitted as a preferred alternative to in-person proceedings. All this is necessary to help limit the backlog once the emergency is terminated.
More information is available on the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Website.