2017 Legislative Session


The 2017 Georgia General Assembly met from January 9 to March 30.  Each year, the JC/AOC monitors legislation affecting the Georgia judiciary.  Below is a sampling of legislation that passed.   The Governor has 40 days to sign or veto legislation. A full report on this year’s enacted legislation will be published at http://enactedlegislation.georgiacourts.gov/.


Judges confer with AOC staff

JC/AOC staffers Tracy Mason (left) and Tyler Mashburn speak with Judge David Emerson and Judge Kathy Palmer on March 30.


Several Judicial Council-supported bills passed and are awaiting the Governor’s signature.

SB 132 – Civil filing forms & data transmission - remove the statutory civil case filing and disposition forms and allow the Judicial Council of Georgia to promulgate such forms; to repeal and revise provisions requiring such forms be transmitted; to amend Title 9, Title 15, and Article 1 of Chapter 9 of Title 19 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to civil practice, courts, and general provisions for child custody proceedings, respectively, so as to provide for conforming cross-references; to require annual reporting of certain information

HB 308 – Child Support Commission - enact provisions recommended by the Georgia Child Support Commission relating to child support and the enforcement of child support orders; to change provisions relating to the family support registry; to change provisions relating to the "Child Support Recovery Act"; to amend Code Sections 7-4-12.1, 10-1-393.10, and 31-10-9.1, Title 19, Article 5 of Chapter 3 of Title 42, and Article 2 of Chapter 27 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A., relating to interest on arrearage on child support, filing of contracts for collections, social security account information of parents, domestic relations diversion center and program for violation of alimony and child support orders, and setoff of debt collection against lottery prizes; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes

HB 370 – Council of Municipal Court Judges savings plan - authorize the Council of Municipal Court Judges to create and administer savings plans and deferred compensation plans for its members; to provide for the manner of funding; to provide for limitations on funding and liability; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

HB 5 – Council of Juvenile Court Judges compensation - change provisions relating to compensation of juvenile court judges; to correct a cross-reference; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date and applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

For more information about the 2017 Legislative session, check at the JC/AOC Legislative tracking website and reports at legislation.georgiacourts.gov and enactedlegislation.georgiacourts.gov.

To review the Governor’s bill signings, http://gov.georgia.gov/legislation/2017.




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