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Announcements & Notices
Due to the increasing positivity rates for COVID-19, the Bay County Courthouse will be closed to in-person traffic starting Wednesday, January 6th. This will be a temporary closure. The public will still have access as judicial proceedings will be conducted remotely, and the public will still be able to conduct business with the Bay County Clerk’s Office by phone and the use of the drop box in front of the courthouse. Public safety is a primary concern for the Courts, and conditions will be evaluated on a weekly basis to decide when normal operations can resume.
Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington Counties are at risk and cannot presently meet the Benchmark of AO 2021-00-03, in that both of the seven-day averages for new cases for the most recent two week period are fewer than 20 and the county has demonstrated stabilization for hospitalizations and ER visits. All Counties remain in a Modified Phase 2 status wherein jury trials and in-person hearings are not permitted until further notice. Essential and Critical proceedings as defined by AOSC 20-23, Amendment 8, shall continue to be conducted remotely, and if not available, shall be conducted provided adequate protections are in place for the litigants and other justice partners. Health data will continue to be evaluated to determine if this is an extended spike in health conditions.
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