Chief Justice extends emergency order regarding COVID-19 through February

Published 2:43 pm Thursday, January 27, 2022

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph issued an emergency order on Jan. 27 extending the time for COVID-19 safeguards in all courts for another month and giving individual judges discretion to postpone jury trials scheduled through Feb 25.

            Since the onset of national and state emergencies created by COVID-19 in March 2020, the Supreme Court has issued a series of orders to address changing circumstances and evolving guidance provided by health authorities. Emergency Administrative Order 27, issued on Jan. 27, says that judges who preside over drug intervention courts also are authorized to modify scheduling of drug testing and home supervision of participants through Feb. 25.

            The most recent order leaves in effect other safety provisions reimplemented Aug. 5, 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.

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            A copy of the Jan. 27 order is at this link: