Georgia Law Review, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Winter 1979), pp. 449-478


Among all of these codes, the present Code of Georgia enjoys a distinguished pedigree. It traces its origins and many of its provisions to the original Georgia Code of 1860. The story of that original Georgia Code has been largely lost to history, undoubtedly because it arrived simultaneously with the Civil War. For its time, the Georgia Code of 1860 was a remarkable legal document. Previous codifications in Anglo-American jurisdictions had been limited to reducing statutory materials to systematic written form or establishing new procedural systems. The Georgia Code of 1860 was the first codification of the substantive areas of the common law.