The Act provides for comprehensive discovery in criminal felony and misdemeanor trials. Evidence of alibis and in rebuttal of alibis must now be disclosed by defense and prosecution counsel at least ten days prior to trial. Access to documents, records, and results of examinations and scientific tests, and statements of witnesses must now be disclosed by the prosecution. Upon request of defense counsel, the prosecution must provide access to documents within the possession, custody, or control of the prosecution or state. The Act provides new guidelines for supplying copies of a defendant's Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) criminal history to defendant's counsel. Finally, the Act provides changes in the manner in which depositions may be taken, when depositions may be taken, and the provisions for payment of the costs of such depositions.
Jeffrey A. Hannah,
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Pre-trial Proceedings: Provide for Discovery and Inspection of Evidence by the Prosecution and Defendants in Criminal Cases,
Ga. St. U. L. Rev.
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