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Document Type

Article

Abstract

This article addresses two distinct yet interrelated topics: the arcane and unnecessarily complex jurisdictional division between the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals, and the excessive caseload at the Georgia Court of Appeals.

In Part I.A., this article discusses Georgia’s appellate system—its history, the jurisdictional division that arose, the confusion the current jurisdictional framework creates, and the limitations and burdens it places on Georgia’s highest court. In Part I.B., the article discusses the current caseload at the Court of Appeals and the burden any jurisdictional reforms would have on the Court of Appeals. In Part II, the article presents a new clear jurisdictional framework for the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals, and at the same time, offers cost-effective solutions to ease the burden at the Court of Appeals, so that these jurisdictional changes can be implemented.