Title 15, Chapter 12, Section 82
(a) The judges of the superior courts are authorized and empowered
to transfer the investigation by a grand jury from the county where
the crime was committed to the grand jury in any other county in the
state when it appears that a qualified grand jury cannot be had for
the purpose of such investigation in the county where the crime was
committed. The grand jury box shall be exhausted in trying to
secure a qualified jury before a transfer of the investigation shall
be made, unless the accused consents to a transfer.
(b) In order to secure a transfer under this Code section, the
district attorney shall file a written motion asking for the
transfer, stating the reason for transfer, and naming the day and
hour when the motion is to be heard. He shall serve the accused
with a copy of the motion at least one day before the hearing of the
motion if the accused is in the custody of the officers of the
court. In the event the accused is not in the custody of the
officers of the court, service may be perfected in any manner
reasonably calculated to give notice to the accused. In the event
that the accused cannot be located, notice by publication may be
used, as ordered by the court.
(c) The district attorney and the counsel for the accused may, by
agreement, determine the county to which the transfer of the
investigation shall be made, but in the event they do not agree it
shall be the duty of the presiding judge to name the county to which
the transfer shall be made.
(d) The sheriff and the clerk of the superior court of the county in
which the crime was committed shall be qualified and authorized to
perform the duties of such officers in the same manner as if there
had been no change of venue. Any order or summons issued in
connection with the investigation or trial shall be as binding as if
no change of venue had been made.
(e) The expenses of the investigation and trial shall be paid by the
county in which the crime was committed, and no greater amount shall
be paid as per diem or for mileage than would have been paid in the
event the investigation and trial had been in the county where the
crime was committed. However, no change of venue shall be had for
the trial of the accused except as provided by law, unless by
consent of the accused.