Campaign Coverage 2020

Leaders ask appeals court to block judge's courtroom order

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Leaders in a Georgia city are asking the state Court of Appeals to back its refusal of a judge’s order to renovate a former jail and school for court space. The Augusta Commission is fighting a July order by Superior Court Judge Carl Brown. He says courts need more room for proceedings because of COVID-19 and that the city-county government has ignored his three-year push for juvenile court space. Commissioners then voted to demolish the former jail and law enforcement complex, saying Brown overreached his authority. New filings ask the Court of Appeals to block Brown’s order for a status conference on the renovation order. Brown wants all elected Augusta commissioners to appear, along with a renovation committee he named.

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