2010 Georgia Code
O.C.G.A. 17-8-33 (2010)
TITLE 17 - CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
CHAPTER 8 - TRIAL
ARTICLE 2 - CONTINUANCES
§ 17-8-33 - Granting of continuances where indictment found or accusation made; continuance where material witness unavailable; continuances required by principles of justice; granting of continuance where postponement possible to later date in term
17-8-33. Granting of continuances where indictment found or accusation made; continuance where material witness unavailable; continuances required by principles of justice; granting of continuance where postponement possible to later date in term
(a) Every person against whom a true bill of indictment is found or an accusation is made shall be tried at the term of the court at which the indictment is found or the accusation is made unless the absence of a material witness or the principles of justice should require a continuance of the case, in which case the court shall allow a continuance until the next term of the court. The court shall have power to allow the continuance of criminal cases from term to term, as often as the principles of justice may require, upon sufficient cause shown under oath.
(b) No continuance shall be granted over the objection of the adverse party in any court which has a continuous session for 30 days or more where the cause for the continuance can be obviated by a postponement to a later day during the term. Whenever a motion and a proper showing for a continuance is made by either party, the presiding judge, at any time, shall set the case down for a later day during the same term if it shall be practicable thereby to avoid a continuance of the case until the next term.
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