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Zimmerman's Research Guide


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Georgia (U.S.)

Internet links to Georgia's government agencies, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by FindLaw and Washlaw. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis, Westlaw and LOIS. Google Scholar has free cases back to 1950. Supreme and appellate court cases are reported in West's South Eastern Reporter.

To check the status of a pending bill, pull up the bill information through the General Assembly's Legislation page and look in the "Status History" section. For questions, call the Clerks Office of the House of Representatives at (404-656-5015) or the Secretary of the Senate at (404-656-5040).

For questions about Georgia legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, call the Georgia State University College of Law Library (404-651-2479) and/or the Emory University Law Library (404-727-6824). For more information on Georgia legal research, see "Researching Georgia Law," 22 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 381 (Winter 2005).

Legislative History: For information about Georgia legislative history, see Researching the Legislative History of an Enacted Georgia Statute. Georgia does not have reports, and they do not keep bill files. Bill drafts and Bill Histories are posted by the Georgia General Assembly starting with the 2001-2002 session. Additional materials may be available from Georgia Legislative History databases on Westlaw (GA-LH, 2000-present) or Lexis (GA;GALH, 2006-present with limited coverage 2000-2005). Major legislation is discussed in detail in the Peach Sheets, a student-written part of the Georgia State Law Review. Recent Peach Sheet articles are available in an online archives. Otherwise, Peach Sheets articles should be included in the Georgia State Law Review databases on Lexis, Westlaw and HeinOnline.

Jury Instructions: The Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia write civil and criminal Suggested Pattern Jury Instructions. Current editions are available in HTML and PDF from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia (older editions were sold in print). Current editions are also available through Lexis (GA;GAJURY, GA;GAJICV and GA;GAJICR) and Westlaw (GA-JI, GA-JICIV or GA-JICRIM).

News:Lexis has a database of Georgia news articles (REGNWS;GANWS). Georgia legal news is reported in the Fulton County Daily Report, which is available on Lexis (NEWS;FULTON).

Deeds, Liens, UCC financing statements, Plats: All these filings can be searched through the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority search system. Registration is required, with a small fee charged to a credit card.


See Also
Attorney General Opinions
Legal Ethics
Legal Treatises
State Bills and Bill Tracking
State Cases
State Government Agencies
State Laws, generally
State Legislative History
State Regulations and Administrative Codes
State Statutes and Codes

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