Supreme Court of Georgia Decisions

Nine justices serve on the Georgia Supreme Court, which expanded from seven justices in 2017. Under the Georgia Constitution, the Court has exclusive jurisdiction over appeals involving issues of constitutional law or cases contesting elections. It has general jurisdiction over appeals in cases certified for its review, as well as cases involving divorce or alimony, title to real estate, wills or equity, the death penalty, and writs of habeas corpus or certiorari. More broadly, if the Court finds that a case before a Georgia Court of Appeals involves a matter of great public importance, it may assert jurisdiction over that case.

A candidate for a seat on the Court needs only to be a resident of Georgia who has been licensed to practice law in the state for at least the last seven years. Each new justice is selected through a non-partisan election, which means that the candidates are listed on the ballot without their party affiliation. Once they are elected, a justice serves a six-year term. If a seat becomes vacant before the end of a term, the Governor of Georgia will appoint an interim replacement by using the assisted appointment method. This means that the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission compiles a list of candidates, and the Governor likely will select the interim justice from that list, although this is not technically required. The Governor appoints the 18 members of the Commission. Their list generally will consist of at least five candidates. The justices elect the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court from among their members, and the position rotates among them.

A justice may face removal, retirement, or other forms of discipline if the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission determines that discipline is appropriate. However, the Georgia Supreme Court makes the final decision on removal or retirement. A justice also may be removed if they are impeached by the Georgia House of Representatives and convicted by the Georgia State Senate in a two-thirds vote.

Browse Opinions From the Supreme Court of Georgia

Recent Decisions From the Supreme Court of Georgia
IN THE MATTER OF CHRISTOPHER TYSON
Date: July 16, 2024
Docket Number: S24Y0534
IN THE MATTER OF SHELITHA RENEE ROBERTSON
Date: July 16, 2024
Docket Number: S24Y0857
IN THE MATTER OF SUSAN MICHELE BROWN
Date: July 2, 2024
Docket Number: S23Y1211
TAVAREZ v. THE STATE  
Date: July 2, 2024
Docket Number: S24A0532

Justia Opinion Summary: Edward Tavarez was convicted for malice murder and other offenses related to the shooting of Travis Ridley during a supposed drug deal. The indictment charged Tavarez with malice murder, three counts of felony murder,…

GRANT v. THE STATE  
Date: July 2, 2024
Docket Number: S24A0843

Justia Opinion Summary: In January 2020, Nelaunte Grant was convicted of felony murder related to the shooting death of Shawntray Grant in June 2018. Nelaunte Grant, along with several co-indictees, was charged in a 108-count indictment for…

GOLDEN v. FLOYD HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT, INC.  
Date: July 2, 2024
Docket Number: S24G0008

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a medical malpractice and hospital negligence claim filed by Jami Lynn Golden against Floyd Healthcare Management, Inc. Golden visited Floyd Emergency Care Center in July 2016, complaining of…

IN THE MATTER OF CURTIS LEE ALLEN
Date: July 2, 2024
Docket Number: S24Y0865
IN THE MATTER OF CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL
Date: July 2, 2024
Docket Number: S24Z0940
Massey v. The State
Date: June 27, 2024
Docket Number: S24A0131
White v. The State
Date: June 27, 2024
Docket Number: S24A0333
INQUIRY CONCERNING JUDGE CHRISTINA PETERSON
Date: June 25, 2024
Docket Number: S22Z0180
HOSTETLER v. THE STATE  
Date: June 11, 2024
Docket Number: S23A0524

Justia Opinion Summary: Rachel Hostetler was convicted of a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and sentenced to 12 months in prison with 48 hours to serve. During her probation, she was involved in a…

OMSTEAD v. BPG INSPECTION, LLC  
Date: June 11, 2024
Docket Number: S23G0771

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2020, Albert Omstead contracted BPG Inspection, LLC to inspect a property he and his wife, Jessique Omstead, intended to purchase. The contract included a one-year limitation clause preventing Mr. Omstead from suing…

TATUM v. THE STATE  
Date: June 11, 2024
Docket Number: S23G0955

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Mark Joseph Tatum, who was convicted of a "peeping Tom" violation and invasion of privacy for secretly recording a female neighbor through her window. Tatum was arrested shortly after the incident and…

IN THE MATTER OF DIANA Y. MCDONALD
Date: June 11, 2024
Docket Number: S23Y1195
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