1. Coverage. These materials comprehensively cover case law affecting criminal practice and procedure in Georgia state trial courts (superior, state, and traffic) since 1999, with many references to case law prior to that date cited in recent decisions. Coverage includes decisions from the Georgia appellate courts and constitutional decisions from the Eleventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court that affect practice in the Georgia state trial courts. The materials are usually current through opinions issued the prior 30 days by Georgia’s appellate courts. These materials do not cover issues unique to juvenile practice, habeas (although habeas cases are covered to the extent they deal with issues that may arise in the trial courts), civil forfeitures, or appellate practice.
2. Research by Search Query Box and Table of Contents. There materials are organized by subject matter, using major subject headings. If users will take a minute to become familiar with our major subject headings, you should be able to intuitively locate any subject matter fairly quickly by using the index on the left side of your screen. Note that each index heading that has subheadings can be set to reveal or hide subheadings by expanding or contracting the main heading.
3. More on research by index: Subheadings. We try to create subheadings that are so specific, the user will be able to immediately navigate to the exact line of cases needed. For instance, all cases dealing with police roadblocks are, logically, found under the main heading Search and Seizure, subheading Roadblocks. Most of these cases deal with whether the requirements for a valid roadblock were met in a given case, but a discrete line of cases has developed where the driver takes action to avoid the roadblock. Thus, the subheading Roadblocks has two further subheadings, Avoidance of, and Establishment of. Case notes are organized within each subheading with the most recent case at the top.
4. Research by Search Query Box. The materials contain their own internal search engine which can be used to find any term used in the materials. While topical searches are better done by the index, the search engine may be the easiest way to find references to a particular case, statute or regulation, or to search for the latest cases. Simply enter the name or cite of the case, or code section or regulation number. Note for searches by style of case or code section: there’s no space in “Ga.App.” or “S.E.2d,” and there are no spaces or periods in “OCGA”.
5. Case notes. Each case note attempts to give the central holding of the case (as relevant to the category where the case note is found; many cases are referenced under multiple headings), usually with a quote from the decision, and with sufficient context to enable the user to compare the case to any case at hand. Relevant and useful case cites within the quote are included, as well as references to other relevant cases which the case may not cite. Also, references to subsequent changes in statutory law affecting the future authority of the case may be included. Finally, any commentary by the author is added at the end of the note.
6. Copying and pasting to your clipboard. The case notes are able to be selected to paste into your own clipboard for your personal reference use. Remember, all content is copyrighted and prohibited to be reproduced and/or distributed by you.
7. Browsing newest cases. All cases decided within the last month, may be marked with the words New case! at the beginning of the note; to browse them simply enter the words “new case” in the search engine. Your search results will be the very latest decisions having any application to Georgia criminal law. Your can browse them all, or just the ones on topics of interest to you.
8. New case alerts. From time to time, we may email our subscribers with alerts to cases making significant new rulings affecting criminal practice in Georgia trial courts.
9. Copyright; limits on use. While subscribers are welcome to copy entire subsections for their own research and use, please, no copying and distribution of entire subsections to non-subscribers without the express written consent of the author. Although no copyright is claimed to quotes from court opinions, statutes, or administrative rules or regulations, Studdard on Criminal Law (including but not limited to the unique organization thereof) is copyrighted by the author and used on this website with his permission.
10. Questions, suggestions or comments. We want you to find what you’re looking for the first time, so we try to organize the materials so that you’ll immediately, intuitively, go directly to the right place in the index. If you have trouble finding cases on a specific subject, please let us know – we’ll try to help you find what you’re looking for. And please let us know if you have any suggestions about the organization of the materials – the great thing about having an electronic research database is that we can immediately make modifications and improvements! Contact support to let us know.