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Georgia State Code
Title      17
Chapter      10  
Section Navigation     1 ... 6.1         7 ... 15    
    16 ... 32.1         33 ... 40    
    41 ... 65         66 ... 71      
Section<<< 33 34 35 35.1 35.2 36 37 38 39 40 >>>  
Title 17, Chapter 10, Section 35.1 (17-10-35.1)

(a) In cases in which the death penalty is sought, there may be a review of all pretrial proceedings by the Supreme Court upon a determination by the trial judge under Code Section 17-10-35.2 that such review is appropriate. The review shall be initiated by the trial judge's filing in the office of the clerk of superior court and delivering to the parties a report certifying that all pretrial proceedings in the case have been completed and that the case stands ready for trial. Within ten days after the filing of the report or the receipt of transcripts of the proceedings, whichever is later, the prosecutor and the defendant may each file with the clerk of superior court and serve upon the opposing party a report identifying all areas of the pretrial proceedings with respect to which reversible error may arguably have occurred. Either party may consolidate with such report an application for appeal with respect to any order, decision, or judgment entered in the case. Any such application for appeal shall be in the form otherwise appropriate under subsection (b) of Code Section 5-6-34, but:

(1) Any such application for appeal shall be filed with the clerk of superior court rather than the clerk of the Supreme Court;

(2) The opposing party shall not be required or permitted to respond to such an application for appeal; and

(3) No certificate of immediate review shall be required for the filing of such application for appeal.

(b) The reports of the trial judge, prosecutor, and defendant under subsection (a) of this Code section shall be in the form of standard questionnaires prepared and supplied by the Supreme Court. Such questionnaires shall be designed to determine whether there is arguably any existence of reversible error with respect to any of the following matters:

(1) Any proceedings with respect to change of venue;

(2) Any proceedings with respect to recusal of the trial judge;

(3) Any challenge to the jury array;

(4) Any motion to suppress evidence;

(5) Any motion for psychiatric or other medical evaluation; and

(6) Any other matter deemed appropriate by the Supreme Court.

(c) Upon the filing of the reports of the parties, the clerk of superior court shall transmit to the Supreme Court the report of the trial judge, the transcripts of proceedings, and the reports of the parties together with any application for appeal consolidated therewith. A copy of all of the foregoing shall also be delivered by the clerk of superior court to the Attorney General.

(d) The Supreme Court shall issue an order granting review of the pretrial proceedings, or portions thereof, or denying review within 20 days of the date on which the case was received. The order of the Supreme Court shall identify the matters which shall be subject to review, and such matters may include, but need not be limited to, any matters called to the court's attention in any of the reports or in any application for appeal. No notice of appeal shall be required to be filed if review of the pretrial proceedings is granted. An order granting review of pretrial proceedings shall specify the period of time within which each party shall file briefs and reply briefs with respect to the matters identified in the Supreme Court's order granting review. The Supreme Court may order oral argument or may render a decision on the record and the briefs.

(e) If requested by the district attorney, the Attorney General shall assist in the review and appeal provided for in this Code section.

(f) Review of any matter under this Code section shall, as to any question passed on in such review, be res judicata as to such question and shall be deemed to be the law of the case.

(g) The procedure under this Code section shall not apply to any ruling or order made, invoked, or sought subsequent to the filing of the report of the trial judge.

(h) The failure of either party to assert the rights given in this Code section, or the failure of the Supreme Court to grant review, shall not waive the right to posttrial review of any question review of which could be sought under this Code section and shall not constitute an adjudication as to such question.

Saturday May 23 13:53 EDT


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