The Georgia Defender, p. 4 (March 2003). There is a caselaw update at the end of the article. This article was co-authored by Karen S. Wilkes, Esq., Attorney at Law, Rome, Georgia.


“Dead-docketing has been characterized as a procedural device by which ‘the prosecution is postponed indefinitely but may be reinstated at any time at the pleasure of the court.”’ “‘Placing a case upon the dead docket certainly constitutes neither a dismissal nor a termination of the prosecution in the accused’s favor. A case is still pending which can be called for trial at the judge's pleasure, or upon which the accused can make a demand for trial.”’