Model Time Standards
The following are Georgia’s Model Time Standards for superior courts. The standards are designed for use by courts as voluntary goals to which courts can aspire as well as management tools that are part of a caseflow management strategy. The standard should not be considered as a rule governing individual cases or creating right for individual litigants. The intent is to encourage the fair disposition of cases at the earliest possible time.
In criminal cases, the standards run from the date of filing of the indictment or accusation to the date of disposition by entry of judgment. In civil and domestic relations cases, the standards run from the date of perfection of service to the date of disposition by entry of judgment, with the exception of protections orders, which run from the date of filing. The running of time is suspended under any of these standards by such occurrences as the following.
(percent of cases disposed)
98% within 540 days
1 A serious felony is defined as a case with a mandatory minimum ten year or greater sentence or any case involving a repeat offender as defined by O.C.G.A. 17-10-7. It does not include Unified Appeal cases.