We have all found ourselves in uncharted waters. The unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused economies, industries, cities, and entire countries to shut down. Likewise, the legal community has been impacted.
Here in Georgia, we are under a shelter-in-place Order from Governor Kemp, which is currently scheduled to be lifted on April 30, 2020. Legal services have been deemed essential under this Order. Additionally, specific orders for the legal community have been issued. On March 14, 2020, the Honorable Harold D. Melton, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, issued an Order declaring a Statewide Judicial Emergency. A continuation has since been issued, extending the Statewide Judicial Emergency to May 13, 2020. Per this Order, courts have been operating at a much smaller scale than normal, and many legal proceedings have been postponed. However, attorneys have been encouraged to continue to teleconference and videoconference so that when the Order is lifted, the courts are not backlogged.
**Please note this important update: The Statewide Judicial Emergency has been extended for a fifth time through September 10, 2020 (at 11:59pm). Several changes have been made to the original Order and subsequent extensions. The updated Order can be found here.
Even in the midst of these circumstances, the team at Mayo | Hill has remained committed to serving our clients. While we are working remotely, we are still operating at our normal capacity. We are utilizing different forms of technology to ensure everyone on our team has the necessary items to perform their jobs well. We are holding teleconferences and videoconferences with other team members, opposing counsel, and clients to ensure our clients’ cases receive the attention they deserve.
We have found that living out our motto of “21st Century Trial Lawyers” is more important than ever. We know that our commitment to staying up-to-date on the latest technology has helped the transition to remote work during this season be a seamless one. More than ever, our team’s accessibility to our clients has been invaluable. Our clients have their attorney’s cell phone number and personal email address. Our clients are also able to reach our team via our main office line, which we have set up to forward to a remote phone, as well as our 24/7 online chat service. We’ve been able to reassure our clients that their cases are still our priority.
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