Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael P. Boggs told state legislators Wednesday that while courts throughout the state have made strides in reducing the backlog of cases built up during the pandemic, a substantial staffing shortage threatens the ability of courts to move cases through the system.
House lawmakers signed off on a controversial measure Tuesday that would increase the number of misdemeanor criminal offenses that require a cash or property bond to be released from jail.
The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday denied Alabama death row inmate Kenneth Eugene Smith’s final appeal, allowing his execution by nitrogen gas to proceed.
The pandemic worsened problems that already had caused state and local court delays.
Several state agencies are seeking millions more in state funds to handle the growing caseload resulting from the state’s recent crackdown on street gangs.
By Sam Whitehead, Kaiser Health News GAINESVILLE, Ga. — In early December, Donald Brown stood nervously in the Hall County Courthouse, concerned he’d be sent back to jail. The 55-year-old struggles with depression, addiction, and suicidal thoughts. He worried a judge would terminate him from a special diversion program meant to keep people with mental illness …