Georgia Court of Appeals

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Georgia Court of Appeals

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This paper is about my experience at the Georgia Court of Appeals in Atlanta Georgia. It is also about the judges, its symbol and what an appeal court actually is V. other courts in the criminal justice system.

The history of Georgia Court of Appeals; The Court of Appeals has statewide appellate jurisdiction of all cases except constitutional questions, land title disputes, the construction of wills, murder, election contests, habeas corpus, extraordinary remedies, divorce and alimony and cases where original appellate jurisdiction lies with the superior courts. The Court of Appeals of Georgia certifies legal questions to the Supreme Court. The first courtroom cases were held in an courtroom in the afternoon while in the morning the supreme court would hold their cases before the appeals. These were continued for a while but would be held on separate days. In 1956, a motto was created and engraved on a marble wall behind a bench. This motto stated: "Upon the integrity, wisdom and independence of the judiciary depend the sacred rights of free men." Later there was a first lady judge by the name of Dorothy Toth who changed it to "Upon the integrity, wisdom and independence of the judiciary depend the sacred rights of free men and women."
At a point and time, the Chief Judge was elected by the Court and served in that capacity at the pleasure of the Court. Chief Judge is then rotated; they are rotated for about a two-year term and upon the basis of seniority of tenure on the Court. By statutory authorization the Chief Judge appoints a Presiding Judge for each of the four divisions. The Presiding Judges remain at the top of the four divisions for the full two-year term of the Chief Judge. The other Judges are assigned to the panels on an annual basis. The Court decided this rotation procedure was best to diffuse the judicial…...

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