Georgia Code


 

 

Georgia Codes

  • Official Code of Georgia Annotated (Michie, now Lexis)
    • O.C.G.A.
    • Code of 1981
  • Code of Georgia Annotated (Harrison) 1981-2002
  • West's Code of Georgia Annotated
    • Began publication 2003
  • Annotations will vary

Official Code of Georgia Annotated - O.C.G.A.


  • Code of 1981
  • Went into effect November 1, 1982
    • 1981 recodification:  reclassified general laws of Georgia, eliminated obsolete and unconstitutional laws, repealed the Code of 1933
  • Originally published by Michie, now by Lexis
  • Available at Emory:  2 sets.  King & Spalding Room and Reference collection at KFG30 1981 .A24
  • Superseded volumes in State Documents
  • Citations by 53 titles, chapters, sections.  Ex:  O.C.G.A. 20-2-16 (1981)
  • General Index, Short Title Index, Tables of Contents
  • History Notes:  Citations to Ga. Laws, 1933 and earlier code citations, amendments.  Citations to Georgia cases, ALR, encyclopedias, Attorney General opinions, Georgia law review articles, Georgia Bar Journal, Uniform Laws Annotated.
  • Cross-references to other Georgia constitution and statute provisions
  • Volume 1 U.S. Constitution.  Volume 2 Georgia Constitution
  • Tables in Volume 41
    • Cross-references between 1981, 1933, and earlier codes
    • Cross-references between constitutions (1983, 1976, 1945, 1877), with constitution citations and code sections
    • Laws codified each year (Georgia Laws and O.C.G.A. citations)
  • Index to Local & Special Laws
    • Ga. Laws citations
    • Uncodified laws that only apply to specific municipalities or counties (city charters, local positions, bond issues)
  • General Index, Short Title Index
  • Update with annual pocket parts, Advance Legislative Service, Advance Annotation Service
    • OCGA Advance Legislative Service includes table of code sections affected
    • On the General Assembly website, update code sections using the annual Summary of General Statutes, which includes a table of code sections affected

West's Code of Georgia Annotated

  • Unofficial, but code text same as O.C.G.A.
  • Began publication 2003
  • Key numbers, citations to West treatises and publications
  • Annotations and casenote indexing vary from O.C.G.A., more West publications, more comprehensive case annotations
  • Cross-references to Georgia constitutional provisions, other Georgia statutes, USCA
  • Historical notes with selective amendments
  • Index with cross-references, Popular Name Index,Words & Phrases, legislative highlights index
  • References to state regulations
  • Court rules volumes
  • Numbering same as O.C.G.A.
  • Annual pocket parts, plus Georgia Legislative Service and Interim Annotation Service to update
    • The Georgia Legislative Service includes statutes from the most recent legislative session.  Use the table of code sections affected to find updates to your code section.
  • One set at Emory in the King & Spalding Room

Georgia Codes Online

Historical Codes


  • 10 codes between 1860 & 1981
    • Most unannotated
  • Georgia Code Annotated (Harrison)
    • Code of 1933
    • Discontinued 2002
    • 114 titles(alphabetical by topic), subdivided into chapters, 2 numbers in citation(Ga. Code Ann. 14-1134)
    • Includes references to 1910 code sections
    • Went into effect January 1, 1935
    • Tables volume
      • Table of code sections cross-references code sections between 1933, 1910, 1895, 1882, 1873, 1868, and 1863 codes
      • Table of laws codified each year
    • Available at Emory:  State Documents Range 366
      • Bound volumes retained with last pocket part, years available will vary
      • Annotated Harrison set, with case annotations and Tables
      • Also an unannotated 1933 Code, includes references to Acts and earlier codes in history notes, Tables with cross-references to 1910 Code and Acts with Code sections
      • Also a 1978 unannotated edition of the 1933 Code in State Codes Range 355
  • Early Georgia codes:  Laws and statutes in effect
    • Cobb's Code of 1860:  Divided into Political, Civil, Practice, and Penal sections
    • Code of 1863
    • Irwin's Code of 1868
    • Code of 1882
    • Code of 1895
    • Code of 1910
    • Parks' Annotated Code of 1914:  7 volumes, with 1918, 1922 supplements
      • Tables volume compares citations for Codes of 1910, 1895, 1882, 1873, 1868, 1863
      • Table of laws codified each year
      • Table of laws in force not in the 1910 code
      • General Index
    • Code of 1926, with 1928 and 1930 supplements
    • Available at Emory:  King & Spalding Room
    • Note that dates on volume spines may be publication date, not the Code date
    • Note that date a code went into effect may not be the Code date
  • Code predecessors:  Digests and compilations of laws in effect, usually alphabetical by topic
    • 1799 Watkins Digest of Statutes (at Emory, Range 366)
    • 1802 Marbury and Crawford's Digest
    • 1813 Clayton's Compilation
    • 1821 Lamar's Compilation
    • 1821 Prince's Digest (at Emory, Range 366), 2d edition 1837
    • 1831 Dawson's Compilation
    • 1831 Foster's Digest
    • 1845 Hotchkiss' Codification (Range 366), 2d edition 1848 (Range 355)
    • 1851 Cobb's Digest
    • 1855 Cobb and Lumpkin (Range 366)
  • Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources
    • Includes Georgia state codes in JPEG and PDF images, searchable and with e-tables of contents, 1861-1926 codes, plus the 1948 constitution
  • Hein State Statutes: A Historical Archive
    • Includes PDF image of historical state codes and compiled statutes, searchable, 1800-1935 codes

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