Gov. Deal Proposes a Dedicated Business Court

Date: January 31, 2018

Following Georgia’s placement on the watchlist of the American Tort Reform Foundation’s Judicial Hellholes report for the second year in a row, there is some good news about judicial reform in the Peach State. Gov. Nathan Deal is advocating for the creation of a separate business court system by passing a constitutional amendment, the Rome News-Tribune reported.

The goal is to stabilize the state’s legal environment and, in doing so, ensure that Georgia remains one of the best places to do business in the country. The measure was part of a list of recommendations given by the Court Reform Council, along with changes to the state’s administrative law system and sovereign immunity law.

The specifics of the legislation are still being hammered out, but the court would focus on technically complex business disputes, not minor issues such as car accidents or disagreements among business partners about how to dissolve a company. And because state law allows litigants the right to be sued in the county where their main office is located, the court would be a traveling one that deals with different cases across the state.

Once the measure is finalized, it would need two-thirds supermajority approval to the pass the Georgia Legislature.

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