Dougherty County Courts look at Reopening

ALBANY — Dougherty County courts could reopen in about a month, but with safety procedures limiting the number of participants and spectators in courtrooms and other protective measures.

Chief Superior Court Judge Willie E. Lockette told Dougherty County Commission members on Monday that he has submitted a set of guidelines to the various judges in the county and Albany Municipal Court. The guidelines will cover procedures to be put in place, from checking temperatures of people coming into the Judicial Building to social distancing in courtrooms.

Georgia Chief Justice Harold Melton’s latest directive to courts in the state prohibit the gathering of jurors and civil and criminal trials, Lockette said, but other proceedings could take place.


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