State Judicial Branch: STEP 3
State Judicial Branch
Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia
244 Washington Street SW, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30334
Georgia's judicial branch consists of the following classes of courts: Magistrate Court, Probate Court, Juvenile Court, State Court, Municipal Court, Superior Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court. These courts are charged with interpreting the laws of and upholding the principles of the Georgia Constitution and the United States Constitution.
Georgia has had a Supreme Court since 1846, when the court's first session occurred at Talbotton, Georgia. The Constitution was amended in 1896 to provide the court with three more justices and provide that the justices would be elected by the people. In 1945, a seventh justice was added, and our Supreme Court has remained at that number ever since, with justices being elected every four years in non-partisan elections.
The Supreme Court holds exclusive appellate jurisdiction for all cases involving the construction of a treaty or the constitutionality of a law, ordinance, or state constitutional provision. It also rules on all election dispute cases. Additionally, the Supreme Court holds jurisdiction over any question of law coming from a state or federal appellate court.
The judicial system and the Supreme Court of Georgia are important institutions in our government. They serve as a check to the executive and legislative branches and uphold the integrity of our state and national constitutions. I hope you will take the time to visit the Georgia Supreme Court website and the Georgia Judicial Branch site, which has links to the Court of Appeals, Superior Court, Juvenile Court, Municipal Court, and many others.
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