On March 12, 2020, Stephens County State Court Judge James Irvin issued a temporary court appearance policy regarding COVID-19.
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STEPHENS COUNTY STATE COURT TEMPORARY APPEARANCE POLICY - THROUGH MAY 1
Any individual who has been to an area, either in-country or internationally, that is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, or anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, can be excused from appearance at a court date and their court appearance will be rescheduled to the next court calendar. Those selecting to not appear at a scheduled court date due to COVID-19 symptoms, or travel involving areas of COVID-19 outbreaks, should call the Stephens County Clerk of Court's office at 706-886-9496.
This applies to any individual connected with a court case in Stephens County State Court: This includes plaintiffs, defendants, witnesses and attorneys.
No bench warrants will be issued and drivers license suspensions will not be issued during March and April, according to Judge Irvin.