We granted certiorari to the Court of Appeals in State v. Schuman, 212 Ga. App. 231 (441 SE2d 466) (1994)
to determine whether the Court of Appeals erred in reversing the trial court's pretrial dismissal of the indictment charging Schuman with theft by deception and theft by taking. We hold that the Court of Appeals did so err, and reverse and remand.
The Court of Appeals correctly noted that Schuman's motion to dismiss the indictment was a "speaking demurrer," which added facts not appearing on the face of the indictment. See Ga. Crim. Trial Practice (1993 ed.), 14-20. Generally, such a demurrer presents no authority for quashing an indictment and is void. Id. As pointed out by the Court of Appeals, the trial court, in dismissing the indictment following argument and a summary of the evidence by both parties, converted the hearing on Schuman's motion to dismiss into what would be, in civil practice, a summary judgment hearing on stipulated facts. There is no authority for this procedure. Jackson v. State, 208 Ga. App. 391
, 392 (1) (430 SE2d 781
However, it is clear from the record that the state agreed to the procedure used by the trial court. 1
There is no statutory proscription against this procedure, and, under the circumstances, the trial court did not err in deciding Schuman's motion in the manner agreed to by the parties. 2
See State v. Finkelstein, 170 Ga. App. 608 (1) (317 SE2d 648) (1984)
. Accordingly, this appeal is remanded to the Court of Appeals to determine whether, under the facts stipulated by the parties, the trial court properly dismissed the indictment.