Georgia Law: Notable Legislation from 2011

Georgia Law: Notable Legislation from 2011


  • Evidence
    Georgia has (finally) modeled its evidence code on the Federal Rules of Evidence, which will go into effect January 1, 2013. However, some differences will remain. For more information, see David N. Dreyer et al. Dancing with the Big Boys: Georgia Adopts (most of) the Federal Rules of Evidence. 63 Mercer L. Rev 1 (2011).

  • Domestic Relations
    Military Parents Rights Act—Effective May 11, 2011, provides added protection to members of armed forces in child custody disputes. O.C.G.A. §§ 19-9-1, -2, -6 (Supp. 2011).

  • Employment Law
    Covenants Not to Compete—Effective May 11, 2011, Georgia courts authorized to “blue pencil” otherwise unenforceable contracts. O.C.G.A. § 13-8-50 (Supp. 2011).
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