Georgia

Georgia in the United States

Georgia Legal Materials

Internet links to Georgia’s government agencies, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by FindLaw and Washlaw. Primary legal materials are also available fromLexis, Westlaw and LOIS. Google Scholar has free cases back to 1950. Supreme and appellate court cases are reported in West’s South Eastern Reporter.

To check the status of a pending bill, pull up the bill information through the General Assembly’s Legislation page and look in the “Status History” section. For questions, call the Clerks Office of the House of Representatives at (404-656-5015) or the Secretary of the Senate at (404-656-5040).

For questions about Georgia legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, call the Georgia State University College of Law Library (404-651-2479) and/or the Emory University Law Library (404-727-6824). For more information on Georgia legal research, see “Researching Georgia Law,” 22 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 381 (Winter 2005).

Legislative History: For information about Georgia legislative history, seeResearching the Legislative History of an Enacted Georgia Statute. Georgia does not have reports, and they do not keep bill files. Bill drafts and Bill Histories are posted by the Georgia General Assembly starting with the 2001-2002 session. Bills from 1995-2000 are available on the Legislation Archives page of the Georgia Assembly website. House (back to 1985) and Senate (from 1981 to 2010) Journals are available as part of the Digital Library of Georgia. Additional materials may be available from Georgia Legislative History databases on Westlaw (GA-LH, 2000-present) or Lexis (GA;GALH, 2006-present with limited coverage 2000-2005). Major legislation is discussed in detail in the Peach Sheets, a student-written part of the Georgia State Law Review. Peach Sheet articles appear as issue 1 of each year’s volume of the Georgia State University Law Review. They are available back to the first issue (1984) on the website of theGeorgia State University College of Law . Otherwise, Peach Sheets articles should be included in the Georgia State Law Review databases on Lexis, Westlaw and HeinOnline.

Docket Sheets and Case Information: Links to county court websites are available from the Administrative Office of the Courts. Dockets for Fulton County Superior Court (ie, Atlanta) are available here.

Jury Instructions: The Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia write civil and criminal Suggested Pattern Jury Instructions. Current editions are available in HTML and PDF from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia (older editions were sold in print). Current editions are also available through Lexis(GA;GAJURY, GA;GAJICV and GA;GAJICR) and Westlaw (GA-JI, GA-JICIV or GA-JICRIM).

News:Lexis has a database of Georgia news articles (REGNWS;GANWS). Georgia legal news is reported in the Fulton County Daily Report, which is available on Lexis (NEWS;FULTON).

Deeds, Liens, UCC financing statements, Plats: All these filings can be searched through the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority search system. Registration is required, with a small fee charged to a credit card.

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

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Topics Covered by the Georgia Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Georgia jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Georgia statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Georgia Codes & Regulations
  • GA Cases & Case Law
  • Georgia Legal Websites
  • GA State Government Info
  • Georgia Counties
  • Georgia Cities
  • Georgia Legislation
  • GA Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Georgia Legal Forms
  • Georgia Courts
  • Georgia Local Court Rules
  • GA State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Georgia Law Enforcement
  • Georgia Media Sources

Resources

See Also

Georgia: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Georgia. This part provides references, in relation to Georgia, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Georgia by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Georgia and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Georgia or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Georgia and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Georgia. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Georgia should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Georgia when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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