Citing “the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma,” Judge William E. Woodrum Jr., chief judge of the Ogeechee Circuit Superior Courts, issued an emergency order Thursday cancelling all court proceedings for Monday through Friday, Sept. 11-15.
This affects the Superior Courts in Bulloch, Effingham, Jenkins and Screven counties. In Bulloch County, where jury selection was scheduled for Tuesday, people summoned as prospective jurors are released, said Bulloch County Clerk of Courts Heather Banks McNeal. This is also true for any jurors summoned for the week in the other counties, Woodrum’s order states.
Meanwhile, Bulloch County State Court Judge Gary Mikell notified McNeal that State Court proceedings are cancelled through Thursday but that those scheduled for Friday will be held, she said.
County Manager Thomas Couch announced Friday that all functions of the county government that are not essential during a storm are closed Monday and Tuesday. So the courthouse, judicial annex and commissioners’ annex will be closed those two days, but are slated to reopen Wednesday.
Bulloch County solid waste convenience centers were open Saturday, accepting household garbage only, but will be closed from Sunday through Tuesday, Couch announced.
Statesboro City Hall will be closed Monday and probably Tuesday, but Mayor Jan Moore said it could reopen Tuesday if the storm’s local effects are limited.
The Statesboro Municipal Court will also be closed Monday and Tuesday.