Due to the increased numbers of COVID cases in Giles County, the January 4th Plea Day will be exclusively by Zoom.
The Public Defender’s Office will send out Zoom links, and the only individuals that will be in the courtroom will be Natalie Oakley and her staff.
The court will begin at 9 a.m.with the jail arraignments by Zoom, after which those that are not in jail but need to be arraigned, will be brought up one at a time, and will be placed in front of the camera to be arraigned, then proceed through the docket for the Public Defender’s Office.
The plea docket for the private bar will begin at 1 p.m. until completed, after which any pleas which are ready to be entered will be completed virtually.
With regard to Revocation Day, the docket call will be virtual, with any agreements completed virtually as well. Any revocation hearings and motions requiring testimony will be heard after 1 p.m. in the courthouse.
The reason for these court changes is to minimize, as much as possible, the number of individuals in the courthouse at a given time.
Any pleas that are unable to be completed on Monday, January 4th can be heard on the 5th.