One of the many solutions we believe work for all citizens is the understanding of how and where laws come from as well as who makes the final decisions of these laws.
Summary of Georgia’s Legal System
The legislation is presented in the Georgia Laws with corresponding codes for each found in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. The legal system of Georgia falls under common law which is elucidated by case law as decided by the Supreme Court.
5 Types of Trial-Level Courts
There are five kinds of trial-level courts in the state of Georgia; Magistrate, Probate, Juvenile, State, and Superior.
The magistrate courts deal with matters concerning the counties of the state of Georgia. This includes warrant issues, criminal offense, and civil claims.
Each county has a probate court which handles deceased estates and last wills and testaments.
This court deals with all minors under the age of 17. Crimes such as truancy, traffic violations, violent crimes, and juvenile delinquency.
There is one state court per county which deals with misdemeanors, warrants, civil cases, and others.
The superior court holds jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases including felony and divorce cases.