Uniform Rules & Standing Orders
Whereas the Civil Practice Act governs the civil procedure generally in the state of Georgia, the Uniform Rules are meant to govern the procedure within the courts themselves. These rules are broken into court types: Superior, State, Magistrate, and so on. The Uniform Rules are drafted by the Council of Judges within different courts. For example the Uniform Rules for Superior Courts of Georgia are drafted by the Council of Superior Court Judges. You can find the different types of Uniform Rules from the Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia.
The Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia functions as a support organization to the courts of Georgia and oversees the “business end” of the court systems. Unfortunately, in my experience, I have found that this website is not always reliable as it frequently has broken links and loading errors. However, it does have a breadth of useful information to help you familiarize yourself with the different types of courts and how they operate. On their website, you will find resources including links to the “Uniform Rules” with which you will need to familiarize yourself.
Standing orders are drafted by judges to address issues that are not addressed by Georgia Code or the Uniform Rules. Most of these are completely discretionary. One example of a standing order is mandated “parenting classes” for divorcing couples. It’s your responsibility to check your local court’s standing orders so that you may comply with those rules.
Per Superior Court Uniform Rule 1.2.(B),
“…courts may continue to maintain practices and standing orders to regulate the internal processes of the court in matters which are not susceptible to uniformity, which relate only to internal procedure and which do not affect the rights of any party substantially or materially, either to unreasonably delay or deny such rights. Such internal processes include but are not limited to case management, court administration, case assignment, traverse and grand jury management, court-annexed alternative dispute resolution programs (which are subject to approval by the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution), specialty courts, indigent defense programs, court security, emergency planning, judicial assistance requests, appointments of chief judges, law libraries, and other similar matters. The Clerk of Court shall maintain the originals of such standing orders and provide copies of them, upon request.”