Georgia

5. Zoning records.

Zoning records are subject to the Act’s disclosure requirements.

2. Time limits for filing appeals.

A notice of appeal must be filed within 30 days after entry of final judgment. See O.C.G.A. § 5-6-38.

b. Mandatory or discretionary?

Generally, the Act does not require official custodians to deny access to the records falling under the enumerated exemptions. O.C.G.A. § 50-18-72(a). However, the Georgia Supreme Court has indicated that the statute mandates confidentiality in certain circumstances. Harris v. Cox Enterprises Inc., 256 Ga.

A. Generally

Since its enactment, Georgia's statutory privilege has been enforced by Georgia state and federal courts in vigorous fashion. It is now well settled that the privilege applies to confidential and non-confidential information and to both testimony and records obtained in the process of gathering or delivering the news. See generally In re Paul, 270 Ga. 680, 684 (Ga.

(5). Other information required in notice.

Notice of regular meetings only requires a posting of the time, place, and dates on which the meeting will be held. Unlike special meetings, no notice of content is required. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(d).

D. Still cameras

Overview

Georgia

Still cameras may be used in proceedings in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the superior and state courts, in accordance with designated procedure promulgated by each court. See Savannah Morning News v. Jeffcoat, 280 Ga. App. 634 (2006) (use of still camera in criminal trail allowed unless a clear factual basis could be shown for its denial); U.S.C.R. 22.

b. If an oral request is denied:

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C. Overcoming a presumption of openness

Overview

Georgia

In R.W. Page Corp. v. Lumpkin, 249 Ga. 576 (1982) the Supreme Court articulated the standard that a motion for closure must meet before being given any consideration by the court:

5. Private matter on private e-mail

Private matter on private e-mail 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.