Cases are called in order as they appear on the calendar. Argument is limited to 20 minutes for each side except in direct appeals of judgments imposing the death penalty, which are limited to 30 minutes per side. Granted appeals from cases involving divorce and alimony and designated by an F in the case number are limited to 10 minutes per side.
Appellant opens the argument, appellee replies. Rebuttal is restricted to one attorney, representing appellant. Companion cases are argued as one case. The yellow light on the podium indicates 5 minutes remaining; the red light, that all time has expired. Counsel must abide by time limitations.
Only the following persons are authorized to sit inside the bar during oral argument: members of the bar of this court; attorneys authorized to appear pro hac vice; pro se parties; third-year law students and law school graduates as set forth in Rule 91-103 of the Rules of this Court.
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.