Georgia

(2). Are minutes public record?

Minutes are public records. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(e)(2).

1. Time limit.

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2. Geographic Information Systems.

Georgia law specifically authorizes agencies to make special revenue-generating arrangements with respect to Geographic Information Systems.  O.C.G.A. 50-29-2.

FOREWORD

Over the past decade, as I see it, our court has breathed life into some old words that have lain dormant within our Constitution for most of their century-old existence. The words are:

Public officers are the trustees and servants of the people and are at all times amenable to them.

10. Fines.

The Act makes knowing and willful violation of its provisions a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-6. See also Jersawitz v. Eldridge, 262 Ga. 19, 413 S.E.2d 725 (1992) (judge lacked authority to order judicial officers and judges not to issue arrest warrants based on alleged violations of Open Records Act).

C. Third-party subpoenas

Under Georgia law, third parties receiving a notice for production of documents or a subpoena for production of documents have an opportunity to object. See, e.g., O.C.G.A. §§ 9-11-34(c)(1); 9-11-45(a)(2). Credit card companies, telephone companies and internet service providers, thus, can object to such subpoenas where they are issued in an effort to identify a client news organization's confidential sources or other privileged information.

(1). Time limit for giving notice.

Unless "special circumstances" are declared by the agency, any meeting not held in accordance with the regular schedule requires at least 24 hours notice. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(d).

H. Media as a party

The privilege does not apply where a reporter with the information or material is a party. See O.C.G.A. § 24-9-30 (privilege applies "in any proceeding where the one asserting the privilege is not a party"). However, the Georgia Court of Appeals has specifically recognized that in defamation claims where the statutory privilege does not apply because the defendant reporter is a party, the trial courts must nevertheless strictly control discovery seeking disclosure of the identity of confidential sources. Atlanta Journal-Constitution v. Jewell, 251 Ga. App.

a. Denial.

The courts regularly examine whether an ageny's denial of a request is improper.