The 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic brought with it many firsts, including a year-long moratorium on civil and criminal jury trials. As of June 2021, many counties across the state expected continued stays of civil jury trials. Nevertheless, Georgia’s appellate courts continued to develop Georgia’s evidence laws in the eighth year since the implementation of Georgia’s new Evidence Code. This Article discusses the developing evolution of the new Georgia Evidence Code, Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) Title 24, by addressing developments of Georgia’s evidence rules from the period of June 1, 2020, through May 31, 2021. Specifically, this Article addresses: (1) exceptions to the rule against hearsay; (2) rejections of the former Evidence Code; and (3) continued adoption of federal interpretations.
Hall, John E. Jr.; Henwood, W. Scott; and Guarnotta, Leesa
Mercer Law Review: Vol. 73:
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Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.mercer.edu/jour_mlr/vol73/iss1/10