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Georgia Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources
    Georgia Cases 1950–2002 … [Rick Bradley (Tenn.) / LawSkills.com] — Links to case reports for the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, from 1950 to 2002, that are maintained in a proprietary database. Texts lack internal page numbers (thus point-page citations are not possible) but are nicely presented, with links on internal citations to other cases that are in the database. Text searching across the database is possible, although the list of results will not show the names or official citations (pointing only to the database identifiers) for the cases in which the keywords are found.


Georgia Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Ga. Const.)


    Additional Resources
    ¶ Constitutional Amendments — 2002 … At the Nov. 5, 2002, general election, proposed amendments 1, 3, 4, and 6 were adopted by the voters. The texts of those amendments are not separately availabe but can be viewed together in a voters’ pamphlet (which also contains the texts of failed amendments as well as texts of referenda).

  2. Bills

    See also the Georgia General Assembly web site and the alternative links in Additional Resources below.
  3. Georgia Laws (Ga. Laws)
  4. Official Code of Georgia (Ga. Code)
    Note—The code is not available at any official web site, but a version provided by LexisNexis is available..


Georgia Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure
    See also links on the Georgia courts web site.
  2. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules • Professional Ethics Decisions


Georgia Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
  2. Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (Ga. R. & Regs.)
  3. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  4. Attorney General Opinions (Ops. Ga. Att’y Gen.)
  5. Additional Resources


Georgia Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    Georgia Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Georgia law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Emory International Law Review (Emory Int'l L. Rev.)
    2. Emory Law Journal (Emory L.J.)
    3. Georgia Bar Journal (Ga. B.J.) … [State Bar of Georgia]
    4. Journal of Intellectual Property Law (J. Intell. Prop. L.) … [Univ. of Georgia Sch. of Law]
    5. Mercer Law Review (Mercer L. Rev.) … [Mercer Univ. — Walter F. George Sch. of Law] — The first issue of each volume presents an annual survey of Georgia law.


    Other Georgia Commentary

    1. Annual Eleventh Circuit Survey • Annual Survey of Georgia Law … [Mercer Univ. Sch. of Law] — The Mercer Law Review publishes the Eleventh Circuit survey as the summer issue each year, and the Georgia survey as the fall issue. The most-recent survey issue usually is available on-line.

    2. Legal Guide to Doing Business in Georgia. Alston & Bird LLP … [Lex Mundi]


    Georgia Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Georgia Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
      See also links to state courts’ web sites maintained by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
    2. Addresses • Names • Numbers … See also court web sites, above.
    3. Additional Resources

      NOTE ON GEORGIA TRIAL COURTS—Ten state judicial administrative districts comprise 49 judicial circuits, and each circuit comprises either a single county or more than one. (Fulton County constitutes the entire Altanta Judicial Circuit, which constitutes the entire Fifth Judicial Administrative District.) Every county has a superior court, a juvenile court, and a probate court. In some counties there may be also one or more of the following: state court, magistrate court, recorder’s court. In a city there may be a city court or municipal court.

      ¶ Municipal Courts — Council of Municipal Court JudgesJudges by NameJudges by CityClerks


    Georgia Forms

    1. Court Forms
    2. Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority: UCC (Article 9) Forms

    3. Revenue Department: Individual Tax FormsAll Tax Forms

    4. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Georgia Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      The State Bar maintains contact information for local and specialty bar associations (many do not have web sites). See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.

    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    5. Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta • Consulado General de México en Atlanta


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. State Bar Consumer Pamphlets

    3. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Georgia Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Georgia law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Georgia.

    4. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. LegalAid-GA.org … [Pro Bono Net (N.Y.)] — “What can you find here? Legal educational materials, sample forms, and information about the courts, community resources and free and low-cost legal aid programs to help you with your legal problem.”
      2. Georgia Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      3. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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