Effective August 1, 2020, Georgia Court of Appeals Rule 33.2(1) will change to permit as binding precedent “an appeal [if] decided by a division of this Court of by the Court sitting en banc, a published opinion in which a majority of the judges fully concur in the rational and judgement of the decision…”.

The current and soon to be old rule, found in Rule 33.3(2)&(3), required “a published decision in which all three panel judges fully concur” or a “portion of an opinion, in which a majority of participating judges fully concur” before the opinion was considered binding precedent. It is reported that the new rule will not be retroactively applied to cases that pre-date August 1, 2020 when determining precedential value. 

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