Pursuant to Uniform Superior Court Rule 1.2, as amended, all local rules, operating procedures and experimental rules ceased to exist effective December 31, 2010. Only standing Orders regulating internal procedures and which were not in conflict with the Uniform Rules and did not affect the rights of any party substantially or materially would be permitted. Standing Orders that could be construed to hinder access to the court by requiring certain actions by the parties would only be permitted if proper notice was disseminated to the parties. The Eastern Judicial Circuit (Chatham County) has three such orders. Two are exclusive to Domestic Relations cases. The first requires the production of certain documents and the second requires participation in a transitional parenting seminar. The final order requiring notice is a mandatory mediation order.
This circuit amended the Certification Under 3.2 Form to also provide notice of those standing orders requiring notice. The new form has been titled: "RULE 3.2 CERTIFICATION AND STANDING ORDER NOTICE." It is to be completed on each case filed and a copy provided to all parties of the action. This form may be found on this web-page or in the forms public distribution cabinet in the Clerk's Office.
To view all the standing orders please see the links below.
Providing Notice of Certain Standing Orders to All Parties Pursuant to USCR 1.2(E)
Revival of Standing Orders
On April 27, 2009, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued what is familiarly known as the "Sunset Order" pursuant to which it ruled that all existing local rules shall expire as of December 31, 2010. The Order further provided for the restriction of local rules that deviate from the Uniform Superior Court Rules. Notwithstanding the expiration of the local rules, Uniform Superior Court Rule 1.2, as amended, provides that courts may continue to maintain standing orders regarding certain "internal processes" and other specified matters. Accordingly, pursuant to Uniform Superior Court Rule 1.2 and by the entry of this Order, the following standing orders, which are referenced by topic name and original filing date, are hereby incorporated as if set forth herein in their entirety and are once again made the orders of this Court:
Click here to view the Revised Standing Orders - January 3, 2011