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2005-2006 Regular Session - HB 170
Criminal Justice Act of 2005; enact
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First Reader Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to enact the "Criminal Justice Act of 2005" so as to substantially revise the laws of this state relating to the conduct of criminal trials and appeals in criminal cases; to provide for a short title; to amend Chapter 7 of Title 5 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to appeal or certiorari by the state in criminal cases, so as to provide that the state may appeal from an order, decision, or judgment of a superior court granting a motion for new trial or denying a motion by the state to recuse or disqualify a judge; to amend Article 5 of Chapter 12 of Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to trial juries, so as to provide the state and the accused with the same number of peremptory challenges in misdemeanor, felony, and death penalty cases and in challenging alternate jurors; to provide the manner in which peremptory challenges are made; to change the size of the jury panel in felony and death penalty cases; to provide the manner in which the number of alternative jurors is determined; to amend Title 17 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to criminal procedure, so as to provide the state with an equal number of additional peremptory challenges in trials for jointly indicted defendants; to provide that the prosecuting attorney shall always conclude the argument to the jury; to change the provision relating to notice and argument in presentence hearings; to provide that provisions relating to discovery apply to sentencing proceedings; to amend Title 24 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to evidence, so as to change the provisions relating to the impeachment of witnesses; to provide for the admission of evidence of character of a witness; to provide for the impeachment of witnesses through evidence of conviction of a crime; to provide for the admission of specific instances of conduct by a witness; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Status History
Jul/01/2005 - Effective Date
Apr/05/2005 - Act 8
Apr/05/2005 - House Date Signed by Governor
Apr/04/2005 - House Sent to Governor
Mar/31/2005 - Senate Agreed House Amend or Sub
Mar/29/2005 - House Agreed Senate Amend or Sub
Mar/24/2005 - Senate Transmitted House
Mar/24/2005 - Senate Passed/Adopted By Substitute
Mar/24/2005 - Senate Third Read
Mar/22/2005 - Senate Read Second Time
Mar/21/2005 - Senate Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Mar/12/2005 - Senate Read and Referred
Mar/11/2005 - House Passed/Adopted By Substitute
Mar/11/2005 - House Third Readers
Mar/10/2005 - House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
Jan/28/2005 - House Second Readers
Jan/27/2005 - House First Readers
Jan/26/2005 - House Hopper
3/24/05 Immediately transmitted to House; 3/29/05 House Agrees to Senate Substitute as Amended by House; 3/31/05 Senate agrees to House amendment to Senate substitute
Mar/31/2005 - Senate Vote #537Yea(42)Nay(4)NV(7)
Mar/29/2005 - House Vote #437Yea(121)Nay(16)NV(39)
Mar/24/2005 - Senate Vote #371Yea(44)Nay(3)NV(1)
Mar/11/2005 - House Vote #214Yea(130)Nay(40)NV(4)
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