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Rules



These rules are not intended to reiterate all applicable laws. The word "counsel" throughout these rules also applies to pro se parties.

These rules are effective on January 1, 2017.


IV. EXTENSION OF TIME FOR FILING

Rule 16. Extension of Time for Filing.

(a) Notices of Appeal.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 5-6-39, requests for extensions of time to file a notice of appeal may be made only upon a showing that a bona fide effort has been made to obtain the extension from the trial court and the reason it could not be obtained. Requests for extensions of time must be in writing and received by the Court before the expiration of the filing deadline. The request shall be made in accordance with Rule 40 (b), which requires: an explanation of why the order is needed; a stamped “filed” copy of the order being appealed; and a stamped “filed” copy of the notice of appeal if one has been filed in the trial court. The motion shall be accompanied by a filing fee in the appropriate amount in accordance with Rule 5, Filing Fees.

(b) Briefs.

Motions for an extension of time to file a brief are subject to the Court’s discretion. All extensions shall be by written order and no oral extension shall be recognized. Failure to request an extension of time to file a brief before its due date may result in the dismissal of the appeal or non-consideration of the brief if untimely filed.

(c) Discretionary Applications.

Requests for extensions of time to file discretionary applications must be directed to this Court and should be filed pursuant to Rule 40 (b), Emergency Motions. All extensions shall be by written order, and no oral extension shall be recognized. An extension of time may be granted pursuant to Rule 31 (i) to file a discretionary application, but no extension of time may be granted for filing a response to the application.

(d) Interlocutory Applications.

No extension of time shall be granted to file an interlocutory application or a response thereto.