Oliver A. Rice

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Survey Article


The discussion of the cases dealing with the problems of municipal corporations during the survey period will be undertaken schematically rather than chronologically. An effort will be made to effect that classification of the cases which, with the practicing attorney's background of experience, will enable him most easily to fit these new pronouncements of the Georgia appellate courts into the body of Georgia law. The liability of a municipal corporation for tort occasioned by, or nuisance created through the acts of municipal agents, acting in the scope and course of their employment, is ever a perplexing one, due to the practical difficulty of distinguishing between sovereign and proprietary function. The deceptively simple rule as to municipal liability for tort has been stated in Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah v. Jordan.