Atlanta, July 10, 2020 – Chief Justice Harold D. Melton today signed an order extending the Statewide Judicial Emergency that he first announced March 14, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the fourth time he has extended the emergency – this time until Aug. 11 in keeping with state law that [...]
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Atlanta, July 2, 2020 – Chief Justice Harold D. Melton made the following statement upon learning of the sudden passing Wednesday, July 1, of Judge Horace Johnson, Jr. of Newton County: “People didn’t just admire or respect Judge Horace Johnson. We loved him. We valued his wisdom and sound thinking, but we enjoyed more [...]
7/2/2020 – Supreme Court to End Practice of Sua Sponte Sufficiency Review in Non-Death Penalty Murder Appeals
The Supreme Court of Georgia announced today that, beginning with cases docketed to the Court on or after August 3, 2020, it will end its practice of considering sua sponte the legal sufficiency of the evidence presented against criminal defendants in non-death penalty murder appeals unless “specific circumstances warrant such review.” Ordinarily, the Court [...]
Atlanta, June 19, 2020 - Justice Michael P. Boggs has been elected as a founding member of the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ), a national invitational membership organization and think tank. Independent and nonpartisan, CCJ advances understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and builds consensus for solutions that enhance safety [...]
Atlanta, June 12, 2020 – Chief Justice Harold D. Melton announced today that he has extended until Sunday, July 12, 2020, the statewide judicial emergency that he initially declared on March 14. After consulting with the Judicial Council of Georgia, the Judicial COVID- 19 Task Force, and other judicial partners, and recognizing again that [...]
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5/29/2020 – Supreme Court of Georgia Solicits Comments on Proposed New Georgia State-wide Business Court Rules.
In the wake of the ratification of the constitutional amendment creating a state-wide business court, and the enactment of legislation establishing the Georgia State-wide Business Court pursuant to that constitutional authority, see OCGA § 15-5A-1, et seq., the judge of the Georgia State-wide Business Court has drafted a new set of rules for that [...]
Atlanta, May 20, 2020 – On Thursday, May 21, 2020, the Supreme Court of Georgia will issue orders designed to keep the Court operating to the fullest extent possible during and after the statewide judicial emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Court takes this action recognizing that most of the deadlines imposed by [...]
Atlanta, May 4, 2020 - Chief Justice Harold D. Melton announced today that he will extend for another month the Statewide Judicial Emergency, which is due to expire May 13. Under an order the Chief Justice plans to sign later this week, the emergency initially declared on March 14 will be extended for a [...]
The Council of Superior Court Judges has drafted an amendment to Uniform Superior Court Rule 9.1 that would authorize civil non-jury trials to be conducted by video conference. The Supreme Court is seeking comments from the judiciary, members of the bar, and the public regarding this draft rule. Please submit any comments no later [...]