Chief Justice issues emergency order regarding COVID-19

Published 5:07 pm Thursday, September 2, 2021

  Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph issued an emergency order on Thursday, Sept. 2, extending the time for COVID-19 safeguards in all courts.

            Emergency Administrative Order 22  gives individual judges discretion to postpone jury trials scheduled through Oct. 8.

            In a previous order entered on Aug. 5, the Chief Justice gave trial judges discretion to postpone jury trials scheduled through Sept. 10.

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            The Chief Justice said in the order issued Thursday, “Because there has been no discernible reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases reported daily by the  Mississippi Department of Health since Emergency Administrative Order-21 was filed, in  my capacity as chief administrative officer of all courts in the state, I find that Emergency Administrative Order 21 should be extended.”

            The order issued on Thursday  leaves in effect other safety provisions reimplemented a month ago, including using teleconferencing, videoconferencing and electronic filing to limit in-person contact in courts, and allowing felony plea hearings, felony sentencing hearings and probation violation hearings to be conducted remotely by way of interactive audiovisual equipment.

            A copy of the Sept. 2 order is at this link: