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Section 6. Alterations of Positions on Board of Governors.

Organization of the State Bar & Admissions / State Bar of Georgia Bylaws / ARTICLE III BOARD OF GOVERNORS / Section 6. Alterations of Positions on Board of Governors.

After the organization of the Board of Governors as provided for in Section 5 above, when alterations in positions on the Board occur because of additional circuit members of the State Bar as referred to in Section 2 above or because of the creation or abolition of circuits or when the terms of members are terminated because of a change in geographical limits of circuits the terms of the members affected shall be determined as follows:

  1. When additional positions are created in existing circuits because of additional members of the State Bar in such circuits, the position or post on the Board thus created shall be given the next higher number after the last existing post (the member in a circuit having theretofore only one member being considered as occupying Post No. 1) and the new post shall have a term expiring one year after that of the highest numbered existing post. The newly created post(s) shall be inserted in the appropriate column in Section 5 above. If a circuit is abolished, the name of the circuit and all post(s) therein shall be stricken from the appropriate column(s) in Section 5 above. Upon the creation of a new judicial circuit, such circuit shall be entitled to at least one membership on the Board even if the cap of 150 members set out in Section 2(d) above has been reached, and if the cap has not been reached, may be entitled to additional members depending on the number of active members of the State Bar residing in the circuit, according to the formula set forth in Section 2 of this Article. Likewise, the terms of office and method of designating "odd" or "even" posts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 3, 4, and 5 of this Article.

    If the geographical limits of a judicial circuit are changed, and by reason of said change there is a reduction in the number of Superior Court judges to which that circuit was entitled to on July 1, 1979, there shall be a corresponding reduction in the number of members of the Board representing that circuit if there were more than one Board member representing that circuit. In the event of a reduction, the last-created post will be the first post eliminated. If the change in the geographical limits of a judicial circuit does not result in a reduction in the number of Superior Court judges in such circuit, then such circuit shall retain at least as many members of the Board as it had on July 1, 1979. The terms of office of said members of the Board shall remain as they were prior to the change in the geographical limits of the circuit.

    Additional members of the circuit which has experienced a change in geographical limits, if the cap has not been reached, will be determined by the number of active members of the State Bar residing in that circuit as provided in Section 2 of this Article.A change in the name of a judicial circuit shall have no effect upon the circuit's Board's representatives, except as otherwise provided.
  2. When the geographical limits of circuits are altered, the term(s) of the member(s) from the new circuit with the same name as the former circuit shall be the same as the term(s) of the member(s) from the former circuit. The term of the first member from the new circuit with a new name shall be determined by adding the name of that circuit to the column in Section 5 above containing the least number of positions.
  3. If two or more of the events referred to in this Section occur in the same year, the terms of members affected shall be determined by performing the steps in subparagraphs (a) and (b) in that order, and as between two or more alterations of geographical limits, in the order of their effective dates or if they have the same effective date, in order of the introduction of the legislation making the alteration.
  4. For the purposes of this Section, legislation shall be deemed effective on the date of its enactment and elections shall be held accordingly, notwithstanding that by its terms the legislation is not effective until a later date. However, a person elected to a position on the Board of Governors as a result of legislation shall not become a member until the actual effective date of the legislation.
  5. Whenever, under subparagraphs (a) and (b) hereof, it is directed that a circuit or post be added or stricken from the columns in Section 5 above, the section is automatically amended accordingly.



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