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Next Week at the Court

May 13, 2011

The Supreme Court will hold one day of oral argument next week, but will only consider one civil case. A brief summary of the civil case set for consideration by the Court is below.

Monday, May 16, 2011, 10:00 am Sitting

S11A0760. City of Statesboro et al. v. Dabbs et al.S11X0761. Dabbs et al. v. City of Statesboro et al.

This case involves a dispute over whether the City of Statesboro followed the Open Meetings Act requirements of Georgia law. The city manager for Statesboro admitted that the city conducted special meetings on April 1 and April 19, 2010 about its fiscal year 2011 budget without properly posting a notice or agenda. In spite of the lack of notice, the city conducted official business at the special meetings. After plaintiffs sued, the trial court found the city in violation, awarded attorneys’ fees to plaintiffs, and enjoined the city from conducting any further meetings in violation of the Open Meetings Act.

The City appealed, claiming the trial court erred in awarding attorneys’ fees and also erred in providing injunctive relief without a proper request from plaintiffs. Plaintiffs appealed, claiming the trial court erred by not awarding the full amount of attorneys’ fees sought. The Supreme Court has jurisdiction over the appeal because it involves a grant of injunctive relief.

The City filed its principal brief and plaintiffs responded. Plaintiffs also filed their cross-appeal principal brief and the City responded.

The Supreme Court will hear oral argument on the case on May 16, 2011.

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