Ad Hoc Committee on Criminal Justice Reform to Sunset

In August 2018, the Supreme Court created the Judicial Council Ad Hoc Committee on Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR). Chaired by Justice Michael Boggs, this committee was comprised of representatives from every class of court and other members of the legal community.

The committee was formed to address the directives made to the Judicial Council through Senate Bill 407 (2018). As the final piece of Governor Nathan Deal’s criminal justice reform initiative, Senate Bill 407 affected several aspects of the courts and criminal justice system. Some of the most consequential changes brought upon by the bill address bail practices across the state. This subject was initially studied by the Judicial Council Ad Hoc Committee on Misdemeanor Bail Reform and several members of that group went on to serve on the CCJR.

November 7, 2018 Committee MeetingThe most pertinent task of the CCJR was to create a uniform misdemeanor citation form and promulgate rules for its use. Between August and November, the committee held a total of four meetings in which various stakeholders were given the opportunity to offer input regarding the citation form. A comprehensive review of other states’ practices was conducted as well. The committee worked through several drafts of the citation form before adopting a final version on November 14, 2018. The form and rules are available at http://jcaoc.georgiacourts.gov/content/criminal-justice-reform.

The Supreme Court, at the recommendation of the Judicial Council, approved this form and rules. The committee’s order will sunset on December 31, 2018, and a bail reform bench card is expected to be published in early 2019 to serve as a resource to judges and courts. 

by Robert Aycock

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