Understanding the Georgia Dead Docket

Posted by Sean A. Black | Sep 01, 2015 | 90 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 | 7 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.

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