2016 Enacted Legislation

The 2016 Regular Session of the 153rd Georgia General Assembly convened on January 11, 2016, and adjourned Sine Die on March 24, 2016. During the 40-day legislative session, the legislature passed bills to address a variety of issues, including a number of bills that impact the state’s judicial branch. During the 2016 Session, the General Assembly passed four Judicial Council-supported bills: HB 691, SB 255, SB 262 and SB 64.

 

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HB 691 – Removal for cause of municipal court judges

HB 691 amends O.C.G.A. § 36-32-1 to provide removal for cause provisions for municipal court judges and procedures for removal proceedings.

 

SB 255 – Garnishment Reform

SB 255 amends Chapter 4 of Title 18 of the O.C.G.A. to restructure the garnishment statutes and provide for garnishment reform.

 

SB 262 – Judicial disqualification based on degrees of relationship with parties

SB 262 changes the degree of consanguinity between judges and parties who appear before them from six degrees to three. The bill absorbed HB 1027, which provides that by court rule or standing order any superior court or state court may accept electronic filings and may accept payments and remittances by electronic means. In addition, it clarifies provisions related to the filing of documents by electronic means in magistrate court.

 

SB 64 – Repeal of Administrative Legitimation

SB 64 repeals O.C.G.A. § 19-7-21.1, the Code Section that provides for administrative legitimation.

 

In addition, the Judicial Council took a position of support for legislation to include DUI Courts in the definition of “drug court division.” These provisions were incorporated into SB 367, the Criminal Justice Reform bill.

On April 29, 2016, the Judicial Council held its regularly scheduled meeting, during which Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines, Chair of the Judicial Council’s Policy and Legislative Committee, presented the committee’s report outlining the final status of each item the Judicial Council took a position of support on during the 2016 legislative session.

To view the full 2016 Summary of Enacted Legislation report, please click the link. The report also includes all legislation pertinent to the judiciary that was tracked by the Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts during the legislative session and achieved final passage.

 

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