Georgia

D. Information and/or identity of source

The privilege protects the identity of sources and any records that would tend to reveal such sources. See, e.g., In re Paul, 270 Ga. 680, 684 (Ga. 1999) ("[T]he statutory language does not distinguish between the source's identity and information received from that source.").

E. Restriction on interviews on courthouse grounds

Overview

Georgia

Rules vary by court as to whether media representatives can conduct interviews on courthouse grounds. See Ga. Sup. Ct. R. 85 (2008); U.S.C.R. 22(N) (2008).

A. When to challenge.

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

4. Any other recourse to encourage a response.

Under O.C.G.A. § 50-18-73, the superior courts have jurisdiction to entertain actions to enforce compliance with the Act. Such actions may be brought by any entity or by the Attorney General. O.C.G.A. § 50-18-73(a). The Office of the Attorney General has established an informal mediation program whereby citizens requesting information may submit complaints and ensure that local governments fulfill their obligations under the Act.

d. Instant messaging.

No statute or reported case specifically addresses meetings held via instant messaging. However, the Georgia Supreme Court has consistently held that the Act "must be broadly construed to effect its purpose of protecting the public and individuals for closed-door meetings." See, e.g., Kilgore v. R.W. Page Corp., 261 Ga. 410, 405 S.E.2d 655 (1991). Additionally, the Georgia Court of Appeals has indicated that a "meeting" may be conducted "by written, telephonic, electronic, wireless, or other virtual means. Claxton Enter. v. Evans Cty.

C. Procedure for requesting access in civil matters

Overview

Georgia

See II B., above “Procedure for requesting access in criminal cases,” which applies equally to civil proceedings.

J. Money-making schemes.

Agencies are required by the Act to use the most economical means available for providing copies of public records.  50-18-71(e).

5. Are subsequent or concurrent measures (formal or informal) available?

No subsequent or concurrent measure, either formal or informal, are mentioned in the Georgia Code.

3. Pro se.

A suit to enforce the Act may be brought pro se but legal assistance may be useful in presenting the issues and expediting their resolution. See also O.C.G.A. § 50-18-73(b) (authorizing the award of attorney fees to the prevailing party under certain circumstances).