Georgia

(1). Information required.

The Act makes no distinction between regular and emergency meetings with regard to the minutes required, except that in the case of a meeting held on less than 24 hours notice, the reason for holding the meeting on less than 24 hours notice and the nature of the notice must be recorded in the minutes. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(d).

E. Homeland Security Measures.

The Act exempts records the disclosure of which would compromise security against sabotage or criminal or terrorist acts and the non-disclosure of which is necessary for the protection of life, safety, or public property. O.C.G.A. § 50-18-72(a)(15)(A).

F. Liveblogging and Twittering

Overview

Georgia

No specific case law or Georgia statute deals with liveblogging or twittering from Georgia state courts.

Author

Overview

Georgia

Peter C. Canfield

Thomas M. Clyde

Lesli N. Gaither

Katy S. McConnell

Dow Lohnes PLLC

Six Concourse Parkway

Suite 1800

Atlanta, GA 30328-6117

Tel: (770) 901-8800

IV. Who is covered

By its express statutory language, the scope of Georgia's privilege is very broad. It applies to "[a]ny person, company, or other entity engaged in the gathering or dissemination of news for the public through a newspaper, book, magazine, or radio or television broadcast." O.C.G.A. § 24-9-30.

E. Are there sanctions for unapproved comment?

The Act does not set forth any sanction for unapproved comment.

c. Plea for quick response.

The Act does not specifically require that the requesting party include a plea for a quick response in the request. Under the Act, the public official or agency receiving the request is required to respond within three business days. O.C.G.A. § 50-18-72(h).

f. Tape recording requirements.

There are no tape recording requirements for closed meetings under the Act.

5. Private matter message on private hardware.

A private matter message on private hardware is not subject to the Act’s disclosure requirements unless prepared and maintained or received in the performance of a service or function for or on behalf of a public agency or office.

D. Post-trial proceedings

Overview

Georgia

In Georgia, all stages of criminal trials are presumed to be public, including post-trial proceedings. In R.W. Page Corp. v. Lumpkin, 249 Ga. 576, 578-79 (1982), the Supreme Court of Georgia held that: “Although the sixth amendment to our federal constitution (Code Ann. § 1-806) affords the accused a right to a public trial, our state constitution point-blankly states that criminal trials shall be public. Const. of Ga. 1976, art. I, § 1, (Code Ann. § 2-111).