The call of the following cases for oral argument will begin as scheduled. Cases are called in order as they appear on the calendar. Arguing counsel must report to the Clerk in the courtroom between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. for morning session cases and 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. for afternoon session cases.
Unless the Court directs otherwise, argument is limited to 20 minutes for each side except in direct appeals of judgments imposing the death penalty, which are allotted 30 minutes per side. Counsel must abide by time limitations. Appellant opens the argument, appellee replies and rebuttal is restricted to one attorney, representing appellant. Companion and related cases are argued as one case.
Only the following persons are authorized to sit inside the bar during oral argument: Members of the Bar of this Court who have made an appearance in the case; pro se parties; attorneys authorized to appear pro hace vice; and a law student or a law school graduate authorized to practice under the Student Practice Rules or the Law School Graduate Rules.
For the Public:
We welcome the public to oral arguments. The Supreme Court holds arguments several times a month. Please consult the oral argument calendar for dates the Court is in session this month and next. To inquire about future dates, please contact us. If you plan to bring a group, please fill out this form so we can assure you have seating. Those not bringing a group do not need to fill out a form.
If you are disabled and require accommodation to attend a court session, contact the Clerk at (404) 656-3470 at least 10 days prior to the session so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Courtroom Media Presentations
The lectern in the courtroom of the Supreme Court of Georgia is now equipped with media presentation capability. Attorneys may electronically supplement their oral arguments with hard-copy visual aids such as photographs, maps and plats, and text documents, as well as x-rays and transparencies using the Elmo Visual Presenter, which operates much like an overhead projector. The lectern's presentation capabilities may also be utilized via lap-top computer. Additionally, the lectern is equipped with a DVD player.
Attorneys who wish to use any of this equipment should plan to arrive in the courtroom at least 30 minutes prior to the start of either the morning or afternoon oral argument session. A clerk will be on hand to assist them with any questions or concerns they may have about the operation of the equipment.
It is important to note that media presentations will neither extend the time allotted for oral argument, nor will they be allowed to detract from the dignity of the Court's proceedings.