The Yellow Book

A Guide to Court Access in Georgia

The Rights of Georgians to Access Court Proceedings and Records


A plain-language roadmap to accessing state and federal court proceedings and records in Georgia, this guide is organized by type of court and type of access, using primarily a question-and-answer format. The structure allows readers to quickly go to a section on a specific court, scan the bolded questions, and find relevant information.

The Georgia First Amendment Foundation is grateful to the University of Georgia School of Law’s First Amendment Clinic for partnering to create this important guide. Thanks to Georgia Supreme Court Justice Nels Peterson for reviewing the Yellow Book and providing a foreword. We are grateful to other contributors and reviewers mentioned by name in the opening letter of the book, as well as to the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Cox Enterprises, CNN and Kilpatrick Townsend for vital funding.

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The Yellow Book is part of a series of color-coded guides to open government published by the foundation and available at