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New Filing Rules

November 22, 2011

Also on Monday, the Supreme Court amended its rules related to paper filings, providing in an order that the following changes be made:

  • Changing when documents filed by mail or commercial carrier will be deemed filed:
    • For documents sent by priority, express or first class mail, they will be considered filed on the date they are officially postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service, regardless of when they arrive;
    • For documents sent by a commercial carrier, they will be considered filed on the day they are marked for delivery to the Clerk within three days;
  • Adding a “mailbox rule” that applies when inmates deliver pro se pleadings to prison officials for delivery;
  • Requiring all all motions for reconsideration to be received in the Clerk’s office within 10 days after the order or judgment.

The changes take effect on January 1, 2012 and apply only to the Georgia Supreme Court.

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