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HB 0555 - Criminal procedure; pretrial proceedings; provisions

Tracking Level: Hot
Sponsor: Stan Gunter
Last Action: 2/23/2021 - House - House Second Readers
House Committee: Judiciary - Non-Civil
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

HB 555 as filed creates new Code Section OCGA § 17-7-4 to allow a court the authority to approve an accused’s waiver of the right to jury trial and proceed to bench trial, notwithstanding an objection by the prosecuting attorney. This bill includes a sunset of June 30, 2023.

The provisions of HB 555 were added to HB 556, with amendments, and HB 635. 

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