2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 15 - COURTS
CHAPTER 2 - SUPREME COURT
ARTICLE 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 15-2-18 - Power to prescribe and revise rules of practice and procedure in courts of state; ratification by General Assembly; assistance of bar committee
. Power to prescribe and revise rules of practice and procedure in courts of state; ratification by General Assembly; assistance of bar committee
(a) The Supreme Court and the Justices thereof shall have the power to prescribe, modify, and repeal rules of procedure, pleading, and practice in civil actions and proceedings in the courts of this state and of practice and procedure for appeal or review in all cases, civil and criminal, to or from any of the courts or tribunals of this state. The rules shall not abridge, enlarge, or modify the substantive rights of any litigant.
(b) Whenever the Supreme Court adopts or prescribes any rules under this Code section, the rules shall be reported by the court to the General Assembly at the next regular session thereof or at an extraordinary session authorized by law to consider and ratify them. The rules shall not take effect until they have been ratified and confirmed by the General Assembly by an Act or resolution thereof.
(c) The Supreme Court is authorized to repeal, modify, or amend any rule adopted or prescribed by it, but no repeal, modification, or amendment shall be effective until it has been ratified by an Act or resolution of the General Assembly.
(d) The Supreme Court shall appoint a committee or committees from the bar of this state to aid in the preparation of rules.
(e) This Code section shall not be construed as constituting an abandonment or disclaimer of the power of the General Assembly to enact laws regulating procedure in the courts of this state.
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