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.
Still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, court systems in many states are working to clear their case backlogs.
Some court systems have moved cases faster using virtual court proceedings, court data dashboards and online jury selection. In other states, lawmakers are stepping in.
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.
About 60% of those incarcerated in Georgia are people of color. A new report from The Sentencing Project highlights some of the disparities that contribute to these statistics.