- Uniform Superior Court Rules
- Amendments to Rules
- Uniform Superior Court Forms
- Statewide General Civil and Domestic Relations Case Filing and Disposition Forms-Version-1.1.18-Fillable
- Uniform Juvenile Court Rules
- Uniform Juvenile Court Forms
- 17-Feb-2021 Court of Appeals Rules (Printable Version)
- Rules of the Supreme Court of Georgia
Supreme Court Rules Amended
Replies to support petitions for certiorari are now allowed by virtue of a new Rule 42.1 approved by the Supreme Court on 21 June 2021. Read the new rule here.
Uniform Superior Court Rules
By order entered 18 June 2021, the Supreme Court of Georgia amended USCR 17.1, Conflicts–State and Federal Courts, and approved a new Rule 19.4, Civil Removal, effective 15 July 2021. The amended Rule 17.1 adds dependency and parental termination proceedings as the first priority among non-jury matters. The new Rule 19.4 allows removal of tort and damage cases. Review the rules here.
In an order entered 22 June 2021, the Supreme Court extended its temporary amendments to the video conferencing rules of our courts and, importantly, clarified these rules “to allow any proceeding not otherwise allowed to be conducted by video conference so long as the judge and all parties consent, and public access is ensured as required in said rules.” Check it out here.
New USCR 4.13 provides that you must file an “entry of limited appearance” if you are appearing in a case on a limited basis, as in challenging the jurisdiction of the court or personal jurisdiction. This must state the limited purpose of your entry and its duration. If you don’t file such a “limited appearance” entry, the rule provides you will be considered attorney of record for the party you are representing, until you withdraw. 11 February 2-21 Order by the Supreme Court.
Rule 36.18 now allows a Judge to sign an order or judgment electronically. 11 February 2021 Order by the Supreme Court.
Rule 3.3 will now prohibit a Judge from transferring a case to another Judge if the transferring Judge is aware of any fact requiring recusal. 11 February 2021 Order by the Supreme Court.
Rule 24.11 requires inclusion of Federal OMB Form when submitting an IDO to an employer and states the OMB Form shall not be signed by a judge or the clerk. 11 February 2021 Order by the Supreme Court.
Effective 2 July 2020, USCR 6.1 has been amended to require clerks to provide copies of any motion filed in a case to the judge assigned to a case, or his or her designee. In addition, the rule now requires lawyers filing a motion or a response to a motion to notify the judge, or his or her designee, and all opposing by email, contemporaneously but not later than 24 hours, of the filing.
Georgia Court of Appeals
Rule 33.2, Judgment as Precedent, was amended effective 30 March 2020. The amended rule makes all decisions after 1 August 2020 Binding Precedent if a Majority of the Judges “fully concur in the rationale and judgment of the decision,…” The “Physical Precedent Only” designation applies to judgments prior to 1 August 2020.
Proceedings by Video Conference
Parts of Uniform Superior Court Rules 9.2 have been waived to allow for proceedings by video conferencing and/or livestream to which the public is entitled to access. Read this order here.
Likewise, the Uniform Rules for Magistrate, Municipal, Juvenile, and Probate Courts have been temporarily revised to allow video conference proceedings to which the public is entitled to access.
- Uniform Magistrate Court Rule 15.2
- Uniform Municipal Court Rule 15.2
- Uniform Juvenile Court Rule 12.2
- Uniform Probate Court Rule 11.2
Magistrate Court Default Judgments
Uniform Magistrate Court Rule 43.1 has been amended to refer to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act with respect to the certification required to obtain a default judgment.
- Current Superior Court Standard Forms and General Instructions
- Research Amendments and Revisions to Uniform Superior Court Rules
Prior Updates to Rules
Appellate Court Rules
The Supreme Court’s New Rules regarding Briefs and Oral Argument are in effect. Any case docketed after 2 December 2019 is subject to these new rules, numbered 10, 20, 23, 24, 50 and 51.
As always, do not attempt an appeal without reading the rules of the appellate court(s) first. These rules are changed from time to time. And it pays to check the Rules of any Court in which you intend to file anything!
Revisions to USCR 36.16, Electronic Filing
Effective 16 January 2020, a revised Rule 36.16 mandates that electronic filing in Superior cases be available, clarifies that that original depositions are not considered “sealed” documents for filing purposes, and adds a requirement that clerks record and maintain in the record notices to filers of deficiencies or refusals to accept filings. Read the new Rule here.
Amendments to Rules of the Supreme Court of Georgia Effective 9 September 2019 and 2 December 2019
9 September 2019 – Significant changes are made to Rules 20 (Briefs: Page Limitations), 24 (Supplemental Briefs), 50 and 51 (Oral Argument), along with amendments to Rules 4 (Attorneys), 10 (Briefs: Time of Filing), and 23 (Amicus Briefs). The amendment to Rule 4 and a new Rule 96 (Oral Argument by Law Students) are effective immediately. The amendments to Rules 10, 20, 23, 24, 50, and 51 take effect with respect to any case that is docketed on or after 2 December 2019. You can read the full order here.
Revised Superior Court Forms Effective 1 January 2020
The case filing instruction and information forms, along with the case disposition instruction and information forms are revised to provide clearer instructions and more detail. The new forms are effective 1 January 2020. See the new forms here.
Amendment to Uniform Superior Court Rules Effective 22 August 2019
1 August 2019 – Rule 24 is amended to require separate income deduction orders if there are multiple child support worksheets that set multiple amounts of child support by the addition of a new subsection (C). Read this amendment.
Changes to Rules of the Supreme Court of Georgia Effective 1 November 2018 and 5 November 2018
5 November 2018 – Rule 57 of the Supreme Court concerning Disqualified or Not Participating Justices is amended to mandate replacement of a disqualified or non-participating Justice if necessary to achieve a quorum and to allow replacement whenever the participating Justices deem it necessary. Read the new Rule 57.
Amendments to Rules of Judicial Qualifications Commission and Code of Judicial Conduct effective 22 October 2018
22 October 2018 – The Rules of the Judicial Qualifications Commission of Georgia and the Code of Judicial Conduct are amended; the definition of a “Judicial Candidate” is revised to specifically include appointees to fill a judicial position and those elected to a judicial position until sworn in, and to clarify that judicial candidates who do not hold current office are considered “judges pro tempore.” Read the revised Judges Pro Tempore Rule, Code of Judicial Conduct, and the revised Judicial Candidate provision in the Rules of the Judicial Qualifications Commission of Georgia.
Changes to Rules of the Supreme Court of Georgia Effective 4 October 2018
4 October 2018 – The Supreme Court approves a new Uniform Superior Court Rule 39.3.1 concerning delay in preparation of transcripts and records and amended USCR 41 dealing with New Trial Motions. Both changes are effective 1 January 2019. See these changes at https://www.gasupreme.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/USCR_39-3-1_41_FINAL.pdf
Changes to Uniform Superior Court Rules Effective 30 August 2018
2 August 2018 – The Supreme Court revises Rules 2.6 (Filing), 24.2 (Financial Data Required; Scheduling and Notice of Temporary Hearing), Rule 24.2A (Monthly Figures Required; Week and Hour to Month Multipliers), and Rule 48 (Inquiry Regarding Weapons Carry License). In addition, Form SC-10 (Civil Docket), Form SC-11 (Superior Court Civil Docket), Form SC-12 (Criminal Docket), Form SC-13 (Civil Case Initiation Form), and Form SC-14 (Civil Case Disposition Form) are eliminated by deletion, to conform with new forms promulgated by the Supreme Court after the Legislature revised OCGA 9-11-133. Read the order passed by the Supreme Court amending these rules HERE. These changes were effective 30 August 2018.