This article refers to the highest court of the U.S. state of Georgia; for the highest court of the country of Georgia, see Supreme Court of Georgia .
The Supreme Court of Georgia is the highest judicial authority of the US state of Georgia. The court was established in 1845 as a three-member panel. Since 1896, the justices (increased in number to six, and then to seven in 1945) have been elected by the people, and today those elections are non-partisan.
In 2009, the court ruled that consent of an underage student to sexual relations with a teacher was admissible as a defense against sexual assault charges.
The Supreme Court of Georgia is unusual among state high courts in that it does not admit new lawyers to the state bar. Instead, new lawyers are admitted to practice by the trial-level court of a county where they live or wish to practice. The new lawyers must separately seek admission to the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.