Understanding the Georgia Dead Docket

Posted by Sean A. Black | Sep 01, 2015 | 7 Comments

Dead docketing refers to the moving of active cases from the trial calendar to a list of cases which are not closed but which will not be called on an active trial calendar in the absence of a court order placing them back on the active trial calendar.

Are Cash Bonds on the Way Out?

Posted by Sean A. Black | Jun 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

A recent resolution of a federal civil rights case based on the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment may have major implications for the practice prevalent in Georgia of imposing a cash bond requirement and holding in jail poor people who cannot afford the cash bond.

Hotel/Motel Privacy Ruling from the US Supreme Court

Posted by Sean A. Black | Jun 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

The United States Supreme Court issued its decision in City of Los Angeles v. Patel on June 22, 2015. This is a significant case for protection of private information from the government by a third party. It may be subject to extension to other businesses facing government regulation requiring th...

Take down Fees, Hearing Transcripts and "Pay to Play"

Posted by Sean A. Black | Mar 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

A new case iterates the necessity of invoking a ruling from the trial court that a party has refused to participate in the costs of take down by a court reporter in order to forfeit that party's access to the court reporter's notes and transcription. This is particularly important in many family law cases.

The IPhone 5s and 5c and Your Privacy

Posted by Sean A. Black | Sep 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Fifth Amendment protects against only testimonial statements, not the providing of physical characteristics or acts. The government probably can compel a person to activate a fingerprint scanner on a mobile device in order to unlock it. Choose a better, if less convenient, security option.

How to Prepare for a Divorce Consultation: A Client's Guide

Posted by Sean A. Black | Jul 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Beginning a divorce requires information. Persons seeking a divorce can make the best use of their time and their lawyer's time by being prepared with the information that will be needed to evaluate and begin preparing the legal filings. This post examines some of the information that is helpful for a first consultation with a lawyer about filing for divorce.

HB 349 Signed into Law in 2013

Posted by Sean A. Black | May 01, 2013 | 6 Comments

Examining the contents of HB 349 signed into law in 2013 which made changes relating to trafficking, criminal justice reform, criminal appeals, license suspensions records restriction, medical reprieves, and probation conditions.

Limits on Revocations of Probation

Posted by Sean A. Black | Apr 08, 2013 | 0 Comments

In Georgia, it is not unusual for a person sentenced on a felony case to either have a probation sentence or a split sentence.  A split sentence is one where the person serves a specified incarceration sentence followed by a term of probation. The probation term includes certain conditions.  In ...

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