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This Article surveys cases from the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals from June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012, during which principles of administrative law were either illuminated or formed an important piece of the decision making. For a change, the Authors observed a significant increase in the number of reported cases during the survey period, but that increase does not necessarily indicate a trend. No attempt has been made to survey cases that properly would fall under categories of more specific articles in this issue, although some degree of overlap is inevitable because of shared subject matter.

This Article begins with a discussion of cases on exhaustion of administrative remedies. Statutory construction is the next topic, followed by cases discussing discretionary appeals, and then standards of review of an agency decision. The last topic for the survey of appellate cases is sovereign immunity, and the Article concludes with a brief review of enactments from the 2012 regular session of the Georgia General Assembly.