Georgia

F. Published and/or non-published material

Publication of information waives the privilege with respect to the published article or broadcast itself, but does not waive the privilege with respect to non-published material. See, e.g., In re Paul, 270 Ga. 680, 686 (Ga. 1999) ("Contrary to the State's contention, publication of part of the information gathered does not waive the privilege as to all of the information gathered on the same subject because it 'would chill the free flow of information to the public.'"). See also CSX Transportation v. Cox Broadcasting, Inc., No.

A. Who may attend?

Any member of the "public," i.e., any person, can attend meetings under the Open Meetings Act. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(b)-(c).

c. Order future meetings open.

The court has jurisdiction to grant injunctions or other equitable relief to enforce compliance with the statute and may issue an injunction requiring that future meetings be open to the public. However, injunctive relief is only appropriate to ongoing violations of the Act, and not to wrongs that are already fully consummated. In the absence of an apprehension of an imminent violation, courts will generally not issue injunctions ordering parties to obey existing laws. See Wiggins v. Board of Comm'rs. of Tift Cty., 258 Ga. App. 666, 574 S.E.2d 874 (2002).

8. Confessions.

There is no special exemption for confessions.

c. Minutes.

(This section is blank. See the subpoints below.)

C. Obtaining transcripts

Overview

Georgia

Apply for a transcript from the clerk in the court in which the proceeding was held.

1. Service of subpoena, time

There are no special requirements for serving a subpoena on the news media. Generally, under Georgia law, personal service of a subpoena commanding the attendance of a witness at a hearing or trial may be perfected by any sheriff, deputy or other person more than 18 years of age. Service may also be made by certified or registered mail. O.C.G.A. § 24-10-23. A court may consider whether under the circumstances of each case a subpoena was served within a reasonable time. O.C.G.A. § 24-10-25(a).

D. How can a participant assert rights to comment?

The Act does not set forth any particular method to assert a right to comment.

2. Trustee records.

Records of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia are subject to the Act’s disclosure requirements.