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Criminal trespass, etc. Cobb State Court. Before Judge Kreeger.
Appellant was convicted on October 29, 1982 of criminal trespass and obstruction of an officer. On November 19, 1982 appellant filed a notice of appeal and a motion for a new trial. On May 16, 1983 the motion for new trial was denied, and appellant did not file a notice of appeal from that decision.
The State has filed a motion to dismiss the appeal on the ground that appellant's notice of appeal filed on November 19, 1982 was premature, and since the procedure for filing a notice of appeal was not followed after denial of appellant's motion for new trial, this court has no jurisdiction to consider the appeal. We agree.
OCGA 5-6-38 (a) provides, in pertinent part: "A notice of appeal shall be filed within 30 days after entry of the appealable decision or judgment complained of; but when a motion for new trial . . . has been filed, the notice shall be filed within 30 days after the entry of the order . . . overruling, or otherwise finally disposing of the motion. . . ."
In Graves v. State, 116 Ga. App. 19 (156 SE2d 205) (1967), this court held: "The notice of appeal having been filed while motion for new trial was pending the appeal was prematurely made and must be dismissed . . ."
State, 242 Ga. 173, 175 (249 SE2d 547) (1978). However, out of an abundance of caution emanating from the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Evitts v. Lucey, 469 U. S. ___ (105 SC 830, 83 LE2d 821), we have examined the entire transcript and find no reversible error. Accordingly, the State's motion is granted and the appeal is dismissed.
Patrick H. Head, Solicitor, Melodie H. Clayton, Assistant Solicitor, for appellee.
Jay B. Miller, Jr., for appellant.
Thursday May 21 14:47 EDT

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