A third order of Judicial Emergency has been declared by Chief Judge Kristina Cook Graham of the Superior Court with the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit.
The order issued was signed and began on Monday, November 23 and is in effect for thirty days. In-person meetings will only be held on matters deemed essential by the presiding judge which for Dade County is Judge Brian House.
For hearings, the order says anyone seeking to set a hearing in a civil case must contact the presiding judge for a date and time for the hearing and whether or not the hearing will be held in person or virtually. Criminal Cases will be held as scheduled with the District Attorneys office contacting the presiding judge to find out whether the hearing will be in person or virtual. All grand jury matters are stayed.
The order helps provide Superior Courts facilities the opportunity to clean and sanitize. County Executive Ted Rumley has said the courthouse building will remain open as a whole as the order only deals with the Superior Court.