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September 01, 2021 (1 min read)

INTRODUCING: Carlson on Evidence: Comparing Georgia and Federal Rules, Seventh Edition 2021
by Ronald L. Carlson, Michael Scott Carlson

Cited by the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Court of Appeals of Georgia in over 50 separate opinions.

When the courts have not had specific correlation of the Georgia Evidence Code to the Federal Rules of Evidence, they have turned to Carlson on Evidence as secondary authority to identify whether a rule closely follows the federal counterpart or if prior Georgia case law interpreting former code sections should apply. The scholarly opinion in Parker v. State observes that, unlike some other evidentiary code patterns, the 2013 Georgia statute contained commendable specifics respecting its application. The decision then adds this: “Leading commentators on the new Evidence Code agree with this conclusion and suggest why the Georgia provision differs from the federal model in this respect. Professors Ronald and Michael Carlson explain that the new Georgia Code was written to prevent courts from creating patchwork exceptions to the applicability of the rules of evidence, which had been a criticism of the old code.”

The new edition of this authoritative examination into the differences between the Georgia Evidence Code (both old and new) and Federal Rules of Evidence is now available in print and on preorder in eBook format from LexisNexis®.